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Rock Climbing

Join Us for all levels of Rock Climbing Instruction.

We have developed the following rock climbing sites in the Batchawana Bay - Montreal River Harbour areas. These are the sites where we teach our classes. All climbing equipment is provided.

Courses are offered every day all FALL long

CLIMBING AREAS AND GUIDEBOOKS

Ranwick Rock and Keetes Bluff 2nd Edition- Montreal River Harbour (GUIDEBOOK NOW AVAILABLE)

River Bend Rock 1st Editon- Mile 38 Road - Batchawana Bay (GUIDEBOOK NOW AVAILABLE)

Summerian Slabs - Mile 38 Road - Batchawana Bay (AVAILABLE FALL 2017)

Alien Wall - Mile 38 Road - Batchawana Bay (AVAILABLE FALL 2017)

Prometheus Wall - Mile 38 Road - Batchawana Bay (UNDER DEVELOPMENT)

White Pine Dome -  Batchawana Bay (UNDER DEVELOPMENT)

Jacks Wall- Highway 129 (UNDER DEVELOPMENT)

  Janes Wall- Mile 38 Road (UNDER DEVELOPMENT)

 

General Info

General Information for Rock Climbing Course participants.

Our Philosophy

Our courses are set in an environment of teaching, which generates an atmosphere of trust and relaxation, from passive enjoyment to active decision making.

Registration and Payment Schedule

All participants must fill out a registration form and pay for course in advance.

Cancellation Policy

We require full payment of the course in advance to hold your reservation.

  • If cancellation is more than ten days in advance: 75% Refund.
  • If cancellation is five days in advance: 50% Refund.
  • If cancellation is less than five days: No Refund.

If weather or transport does not allow you to arrive at our office for the course, we reserve the right to reschedule your class, as well as hold your deposit.

Course Information

All courses begin at 9:00am in Batchawana Bay on the date stated unless delayed by weather or access problems. Be prepared for a unique summer adventure and dress appropriately.

  • Check out the equipment list provided (link in navigation on right). If there are any questions, please call us.
  • All climbing gear is supplied for the ROCK 1 & ROCK 2 programs.
  • Students should have gear for the intermediate and advanced courses, but we can supply this gear at an additional charge.
  • Food and accomodations are the responsibility of the participant.
  • Participants are responsible for their own transportation to the lodge or to the rendezvous point for the courses.

About Our Location

Our office is located at Batchawana Bay. Located 35 minutes north of Sault Ste. Marie on the Chippewa River in Batchawana Bay. We sell Guidebooks to "Lake Superior" rock and ice and have a wide assortment of maps, and Climbing-BETA! As well, we offer a Gear Rental program. The surrounding area is excellent for hiking, sea-kayaking, and mountain biking so consider bringing them with you.

Equipment List

Equipment list for Rock Climbing Course Participants.

What you need to bring for all courses:

  • Food and snacks for your time on the rock.
  • Water bottle or thermos.
  • Warm clothes.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Day pack, bug repellent, rain suit.
  • Hiking boots and climbing boots or running shoes.

Remember

If you are dressed improperly you will be cold and may not enjoy the experience. We will not allow you to participate, for your own safety and comfort, and you will not receive a refund. Please call us if you have any questions about clothing or equipment.

What we supply for the ROCK 1 & ROCK 2 courses:

  • Climbing helmets.
  • Climbing harnesses.
  • Ropes.
  • Slings.
  • Carabiners.
  • Belay devices.
  • All tech gear.

Bring all your own climbing gear if you have it!

What we supply for the Intermediate & Advanced courses:

  • Climbing helmets.
  • Climbing harnesses.
  • Ropes.
  • Slings.
  • Carabiners.
  • Belay devices.
  • Quick draws.
  • Trad-pro.
  • All tech gear.

Bring all your own gear and we will teach you how to use it.

Non-essentials you may want to bring:

  • Internal frame pack.
  • Assortment of clothes.
  • Thermos of hot drink.
  • Toilet kit, swimsuit for sauna and/or lake.
  • Clothes for town/lodge/entertainment.
  • Camera/camcorder/film.
  • Mountain bike, headlamp.

Guided Rock Climbing FALL 2017

We will be offering guided Rock Climbing this  summer and Fall at many of our newly developed areas.

Let us know what type of rock climbing and where you would like to go!

We can guide you on any of the routes we have developed between Thunder Bay and Batchawana Bay!

Rock 1 Course

Student Outline of Course Content

This course will introduce you to the sport of rock climbing. You will have, by the end of this course, learned the basics of bouldering, slingshot top-roping and lowering.

Practical Skills Learned During This Course

  • How to recognize hand and footholds, the use of basic body movements in order to traverse, and how to ascend and descend a rock face and crack.
  • The tying of two basic knots used in the TOP-ROPE climbing.
  • How to belay properly using a mechanical belay device, and the proper belayer-climber signals.
  • How to lower a climber safely, and properly using a mechanical rappel device while belaying from below.

Theoretical Skills Learned During This Course

  • What is bouldering and slingshot top roping and how it relates to the sport of rock climbing.
  • The history and development of the Ranwick Rock K-10 climbing sites and their significance on the regional rock climbing scene.
  • The correct care and use of climbing equipment used in slingshot top rope climbing.
  • Safety aspects and their application to bouldering, top roping, and rappelling.

Group Size (Group discounts available): 6 Maximum - 2 Minimum.

Course Length: 1 Day

Place: River Bend Rock - Mile 38 Road

Reference: Climbers Guide to River Bend Rock

Rock 2 Course

Student Outline Of Course Content

With the completion of this course you will gain the skills, and understand the concepts, required to rock climb safely in a top-roped setting using established, and artificial, anchors.

You will be capable of setting up both slingshot and top-belay systems with climbers of equal or greater ability.

Practical Skills Learned During This Course

  • A review of skills learned in the "Rock 1 Course".
  • The technique required to ascend cracks of various sizes, and also face climbing.
  • How to establish and monitor a slingshot and top-belay top rope system as well as a rappel station.
  • How to rappel safely using an auto brake system.

Theoretical Skills Learned During This Course

  • What slingshot and top-belay top rope systems are and how they relate to the sport of rock climbing.
  • Safety as it applies to the top rope systems and the rappelling environment. The recognition of subjective and objective hazards.

Group Size (Group discounts available): 6 Maximum - 2 Minimum

Course Length: 1 Day

Place: River Bend Rock

Reference: Climbers Guide to River Bend Rock

Intermediate Rock Course

Student Outline Of Course Content

You will learn the skills and concepts required to "SECOND" a single or multi-pitch climb. Upon completion, you should be confident and capable of participating in a multi-pitch climb, with a climber of greater ability who is capable of "LEAD" climbing.

Practical Skills Learned During This Course

  • A review of skills learned in the "Rock 2 Course".
  • The various types of climbing hardware used in Lead Climbing, their placement, and their removal.
  • The racking and sorting of the seconds rack during cleaning.
  • Establishing and departing hanging belays on multi-pitch climbs.
  • Rappel anchors and rappelling techniques.

Theoretical Skills Learned During This Course

  • What is pitch, multi-pitch, and lead climbing, and the role of the "Second".
  • Understanding the principles behind the placement of protection and the clipping of bolts.
  • How to plan a rock climb, selection of gear, the role of guidebooks, route finding, and knowing your capabilities.

Group Size (Group discounts available): 4 Maximum - 2 Minimum

Course Length: 2 Days

Place: River Bend Rock, Ranwick Rock, Alien Wall, or Summerian Slabs

Reference: Climbers Guide to any of the above areas.

Advanced Rock Course

Student Outline Of Course Content

Upon completion of this course you will have gained the skills, concepts and experience to lead single or multi-pitch rock climbs, with a climber of equal or greater ability.

Practical Skills Learned During This Course

  • How to plan your lead, selection of climbing hardware, and racking.
  • Placement of protection, clipping bolts, and reduction of rope drag.
  • Single vs. Double rope technique.
  • Equal tension anchors and belay station setups.
  • Rappelling and basic self-rescue techniques.

Theoretical Skills Learned During This Course

  • Understanding the principles of Lead Climbing.
  • Planning a Lead Climb.
  • Partner selection, route selection and safety considerations.

Group Size (Group discounts available): 2 Maximum

Course Length: 2 Days

Place: River Bend Rock, Ranwick Rock, Alien Wall, or Summerian Slabs

Reference: Climbers Guide to any of the above areas.

Rock Climbing Prices for FALL 2017

Instructional Courses

The following is our price list for all our instructional classes from the ROCK 1 course to the ADVANCED ROCK course.

  • 1 Person: $150 CDN / Day
  • 2 People: $300 CDN / Day
  • 3 People: $400 CDN / Day
  • 4-6 People: $500 CDN / Day
  • 6 to 10 People: $750 CDN / Day
  • Children under 14 are half price.
  • Family of 3: $300 CDN / Day
  • Family of 4: $355.00 CDN/ Day
  • Half-day courses are also available! COST- Half Price of Full Day

Guided Courses

The following is our price list for all guided climbs.

  • 1 Person: $200 CDN / Day
  • 2 People: $400 CDN / Day

Two person maximum with guided climbs.

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Rock Rescue Course

This two day course teaches you how to rescue a fallen lead climber, as well as an injured belayer and second. The two-day course is held on the site of one of the local rock climbs in the area of Batchawana Bay.

It is a hands-on course, requiring participants to have at least a solid background in belaying and leading to a grade 7 level. This course is recommended for climbing partners wanting knowledge of quick recovery of an injured partner.