Sport Lead Climbing & Rappelling Course


Learn the Skills & Enjoy a Lifetime of Thrills!


Have you had enough of top-roping? Keep looking at those bolts on the wall and wonder what it takes to clip them on lead? Our sport climbing course will prepare you with all of the necessary skills and knowledge you’ll need to lead climb safely outdoors. Compared to top-roping, lead climbing presents many more variables and dangers that a climber and belayer need to be aware of and experienced with to stay safe. It is crucial for a climber to properly learn and understand what is involved with safely leading, belaying, and rappelling a sport climb outdoors. This course is ideal for climbers who have never led before, gym climbers who have been looking to make the transition into the outside world, or beginning leaders/belayers who seek to refine their technique, skills, and safety knowledge! Although you don’t specifically need any previous climbing training to take this course, you will be at an advantage if you come in to it already with an understanding of the basic knots, top rope belay technique, top rope anchors, and feel comfortable climbing 5.8 indoors or outdoors.

In this course you will learn and practice:

  • The differences between top-roping and lead climbing
  • The gear involved with sport climbing
  • Objective hazards and subjective risks in sport climbing
  • Minimizing the potential dangers by looking at a variety of scenarios
  • Advanced belay techniques for lead climbing
  • Optimal body positioning
  • Methods for clipping bolts quickly and safely
  • Breaking strength of a different climbing material
  • How to properly attach yourself to an anchor
  • Fall factors
  • Lowering/rappelling from the top of the climb
  • Deciding when/how to bail from a sport climb
  • Mental techniques for lead climbing
  • Falling
  • Forces placed on anchor points and how they factor in
  • Energy conservation while climbing


Start Time: 10:00am

End Time: 6:00pm

Location: Silver Harbour, or Pass Lake


1 Climber: $249

2+ Climbers: $229/person

Equipment Included: 

Harness, Helmet, Climbing Shoes, Personal Anchor System, ATC, Prussik Cord, Locking Carabiners, Webbing, Cordage, Slings, Ropes, Quickdraws, Grigri


Rise and Shine, It’s Time to Go Climb!


Before submitting payment please confirm the date is available for the course of your choice. You can do so a variety of ways such as;
Submitting a Inquiry Form
Sending us a Message via the Contact page
E-mail, or Call/txt 1-807-472-4742


To submit payment for your reservation scroll down to select your options:
  1. Coming Solo or with a Partner (select Coming Solo or Bringing a Partner)
  2. To the left of ‘Add to Cart’ type in the number of people you are submitting payment for, and then click ‘Add to Cart’. You will be automatically redirected to the shopping cart where you can review your order and click ‘Proceed to Checkout’.
  3. Once your reservation is submitted check your e-mail for an automatic confirmation of payment (check your spam folder if you do not see it in your inbox right away) and we will get in touch with you within 48 hours to confirm all the details of your outing for you or your group.
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Policies & Procedures
All adventures/courses are confirmed and booked based on guide’s availability. Once a reservation is submitted check your e-mail for an automatic confirmation of payment (check your spam folder if you do not see it in your inbox) and we will get in touch with you within 48 hours to confirm all the details of your outing for you or your group.
After Submitting your Reservation: Each climber is required to fill out a Participant Information Sheet online. Please do this as soon as you’ve submitted your payment. This is to ensure we have all the information needed to provide you with the best possible experience and the properly fitted equipment.
Equipment Rental: The total cost of the trip includes the rental of all technical equipment needed for the outing: helmet, harness, rock shoes, ice axes, ice boots, crampons, and whatever else may be required for a specific course or adventure.
Transportation: Transportation to the rock climbing locations & ice climbing locations is not included. You will need to arrange a way to and from the climbing spot.
Waiver FormYou will be required to sign our Waiver Form before commencing the program. Participants under the age of 18 will need their parent/guardian’s permission to complete registration. Minors who show up for an adventure or course without a properly signed waiver by their parent or legal guardian will not be allowed to participate. At Outdoor Skills And Thrills we take great pride in ensuring our participants have a fun and safe experience. The proof is in the records – we are proud to say that we have never had an incident or injury occur during any of our guided outings! Nonetheless, we do want to make sure you are aware that rock and ice climbing is a dangerous activity that can result in death, paralysis or serious injury.
Cancellation & Refund Policy: Once a reservation is submitted we hold a $50 non-refundable deposit per person. All program deposits are non-refundable, and the full amount becoming non-refundable 48 hours prior to the date of the reservation. Please notify us as soon as possible if you need to make any date changes to your reservation. All requests for cancellations or date changes must be submitted in writing to reserve the right to cancel any program due to weather or route conditions, guide health, or for any other reason deemed necessary by the guide. In such cases, we are not responsible for expenses incurred by the client in connection with the trip such as airfare, car rental, equipment purchases, etc. If we cancel an outing prior to the trip date, every effort will be made to reschedule for another available date within the current season, or held as a credit to be used within 2 years. By its very nature, climbing is an uncertain endeavor, and many factors can influence the outcome of a trip. Accordingly, once a trip begins, we are unable to offer refunds for weather related cancellations, or for trips that end prematurely due to weather, route conditions or circumstances within, or affecting, your group.
Cancellation/Health & Interruption Insurance: It is important to make sure that your current plan covers you in the case of an illness, accident, cancellation, or interruption prior to or during your trip; get extra coverage if necessary. In the case of a trip cancellation or interruption, we cannot be held responsible for expenses incurred by the client in connection with the trip such as airfare, car rental, equipment purchases, etc.
Drugs and Alcohol: No alcohol or drug use is allowed on our programs. We have a zero tolerance policy and no climbing is ever permitted under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Shipping: If you have purchased a copy of Thunder Bay Climbing: A Guide To Northwest Ontario’s Best Kept Secret, please expect 2-10 business days for your shipment to arrive. All sales are final.