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. Enjoy your life to the fullest!”


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



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

  1. Offering exciting adventures & courses that are guided by professional, safe, and encouraging experts who are actively involved in the outdoors.
  2. Teaching the fundamental skills and advanced techniques that will help allow climbers and adventure seekers to feel more experienced and confident while out pursuing their passions.
  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 20 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 2 editions of the guidebook ‘Thunder Bay Climbing: A Guide to Northwest Ontario’s Best Kept Secret‘, the latest comprehensive 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 highly experienced, 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 the most experienced and energized in the region who also truly enjoy working together with people of all ages and abilities. Not only passionate about guiding and teaching, we are also working hard to develop the climbing scene in Northwest Ontario by helping to maintain local trails, replacing old anchors, developing new climbs for everyone in the region to enjoy, helping to build up the climbing community through public initiatives, and much more.


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!



Join the Next Adventure with Outdoor Skills And Thrills!

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