Edmonton, AB, Canada T6L 1K5
NOTE: Public courses and guiding were suspended for summer 2022 due to continuing issues related to COVID. We are hoping to return to a more regular schedule in 2023.
This letter will serve to introduce you to the Intermediate Rock Climbing / Intro to Trad Leading Courses you expressed interest in. We have several Intermediate Rock Climbing courses this year. The dates for the courses are TBA (Saturday, Sunday). The cost of the course is $300.00 per person including GST.
In order for you to be confirmed on the course you must first complete the personal information form, then read, understand and sign the waiver. You will then need to mail or email those completed forms in. You will then be billed for the course fees.
If you have not paid, your spot is NOT yet confirmed. We reserve the right to cancel the course in the event of severe weather or low enrollment. Should this happen, your course fees will be refunded. See our website for complete cancellation policies and procedures.
The course content includes a review of movement on rock, knots, ropework, belaying, rappelling and safety topics. We also introduce you to protection and anchor systems including pitons, TCUs, Friends®, Camalots®, Rocks®, Hexcentrics®, TriCams®, bolts, new concepts in anchors, rope handling and a host of other gadgets and techniques. Depending upon the size and experience of the group, we will also try to find an appropriate multi-pitch climb to complete. In order to get the most from this course you should review your knots and basic procedures before arriving. Instruction takes place on limestone cliffs and slabs in the Front Ranges in Jasper National Park.
We will provide instruction and all the technical climbing equipment including hardware, ropes, helmets and harnesses. (If you own your own gear, feel free to bring it.) We DO NOT provide climbing boots, rock shoes, day pack or clothing. Be sure your clothing can handle the changes in mountain environment, including heat, cold, wind, rain (or snow?), sun and insects. We are outside all day on both days, and the course will proceed in all but the most severe weather. The enclosed equipment list may help you to prepare for the course.
You are responsible for your own meals, accommodation and transportation for the entire course. Bring a bag lunch and water or other drinks for each day of the course, as we do not return to the vehicles for lunch.
The meeting time and place for the course is 8:30 am on the first morning of each respective course at the Morro Slabs parking lot. This is located along Highway 16 east of Jasper where the highway crosses the Athabasca River. The instructor for the courses is Cyril Shokoples.
You must have a valid Park Vehicle Group Pass or Personal Pass to attend this course, as we are traveling in National Park areas. Be sure to purchase one when you first enter the Park if you do not already have one. If you have any further questions, please call or email.
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT WAIVERS: Our insurer requires that we have a two part process for using and administering waivers. If you sign up by mail or email you must included a signed and witnessed waiver as part of your application for all courses. You will also be required to sign a second full colour paper copy of the waiver in the presence of one of our staff members. There are no exceptions.
Cyril Shokoples IFMGA
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Edmonton, AB, Canada T6L 1K5