About Us

About Us

“At Outdoor Skills and Thrills we strive to help grow a larger community of climbers and adventure seekers who are safe, skilled, knowledgeable, and also passionate to share their love for the outdoors with others. Live your life to the fullest!”


No Experience is Required – From New Beginners to Seasoned Experts – All Equipment is Included



We work hard to accomplish this by focusing on these 3 essentials:

  1. Having exciting adventures and courses that are guided by professional and encouraging experts who are passionately and actively involved in developing the climbing scene through stewardship.
  2. Teaching the fundamental skills and advanced techniques that will allow climbers to truly enjoy a long and safe climbing career.
  3. Providing all participants with a stress-free environment where they can feel comfortable and safe to try new things while pushing their limits.



Aric Fishman has been instructing and guiding professionally in Canada for well over 15 years and is a very experienced, highly skilled Climbing guide and Wilderness Survival instructor. He founded Outdoor Skills and Thrills in Thunder Bay, Ontario as a way to provide adventure seekers with professional courses that teach safe climbing practices while provide exciting adventures in a thrilling and breathtaking environment. Not only an accomplished climber and guide, Aric is also the author of ‘Thunder Bay Climbing: A Guide to Northwestern Ontario’s Best Kept Secret‘, the latest comprehensive 424 page rock climbing guidebook for the region. He is as well the Director of the Nipigon Ice Fest – Canada’s longest running premiere ice climbing festival, and also the creator of Summit Gear – handcrafted custom made pet supplies made from upcycled climbing gear.


Meet the OSAT Team


Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran, big or small, young or old, the Outdoor Skills And Thrills team is always committed to providing a fun and challenging environment to anybody and everybody! You will always be guided by our certified & insured, professional, friendly and passionate guides through an exciting and enjoyable experience in the best rock and ice climbing areas around Thunder Bay.



All of the rock and ice climbing locations we will take you to have been specifically chosen for their breathtaking views and world class climbs! Outdoor Skills and Thrills guides are also some of the most energized in the region and truly enjoy working together with people of all ages and abilities.

If you’re a novice ready to learn the fundamentals and eager to enjoy the life-changing experience of climbing, an intermediate looking to improve your climbing skills on world-class routes, or an expert trying to find the hidden secrets, a first ascent, or the best climbs in Northwestern Ontario, join Outdoor Skills and Thrills for an unforgettable experience in one of the most up-and-coming climbing destinations in Canada!



Not only passionate about instructing and climbing, we are also working hard to develop the climbing scene in Northwestern Ontario by helping to maintain trails, replacing old anchors, developing new routes for everyone in the region to enjoy, helping to build up the climbing community through public initiatives, and much more.

Join the Next Adventure with Outdoor Skills And Thrills!

Check out our available Winter Programs & Summer Programs