Traditional Climbing Course – 2 Days


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Have you been wanting to learn to how to lead climb using traditional gear? Wanting to gain a better understanding of rock quality and what makes for solid protection? Are you nervous to trust your own gear placements or not quite sure how those stoppers and cams work to begin with?  Well, we’ve got you covered in our 2 day trad climbing course! Learning the art of traditional climbing takes time to master, and your lead guide Aric Fishman is extremely experienced, patient, and committed to providing you with the training you need to safely take your climbing to the next level. This course is designed for anyone looking to learn the fundamentals of trad climbing and a look in to the world of crack climbing. No experience is required and all equipment is included. This is a comprehensive 2 day trad climbing course where you will get to:


  • Review material taught in the Sport/Lead Climbing Course
  • Learn about the different types of traditional gear
  • Understand and practice the fundamentals of gear placement and directions of pull
  • Learn about good and bad rock quality and how to identify ideal cracks for protection
  • How to make a safe anchors using traditional gear
  • Learn all about top-anchor techniques
  • Understand about the importance of belayer positioning for traditionally protected routes
  • Deciding on what gear to carry up a climb
  • Forces placed on anchor points and how they factor in
  • Breaking strength of a different climbing materials
  • A look at advanced knots
  • Learn and practice how to place protection while lead climbing
  • How to properly attach yourself to an anchor
  • How to belay your second to the top
  • How to remove gear from cracks as the second, even when they are seemingly ‘stuck’
  • Understanding about rope management and learning the tips and tricks of the trade
  • How to deal with stuck ropes
  • Practice and climb at your comfort level while getting expert advice from your guide
  • Trad climbing techniques that will help you climb more safely and efficiently
  • Understand how to ‘jam’ up a crack climb
  • Rappelling using single or double ropes
  • Developing your ‘lead climbing head’
  • Bailing off a trad climb


This is a 2 Day Course – 8 hours per day



Day 1: The Bluffs or Silver Harbour Day 2: The Bluffs, Silver Harbour or Claghorn



1 Climber: $498

2+ Climbers: $458/person


Equipment Included: 

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


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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.