Camp Highlights

  • Specialized rock rescue course with Kirsten Knechtel
  • Learn necessary climbing rescue skills in an all female environment
  • COVID regulations in place
  • Max. 6:1 participant to guide ratio

Dates & price

  • July 25-26, 2020
  • $325 + Tax / Person

Learn Necessary Rock Climbing Rescue Skills in an all female setting.

Have you started heading out on bigger climbs and are starting to feel confident to take out friends but lack the knowledge to get out of situations if things go south? 

The Rock Rescue provides a basic understanding of improvised rock rescue techniques so you can deal with cliff-side emergencies. This will include escaping the belay, emergency lowers, tandem rappels and more.

No matter your background, our Rock Rescue Climbing course will teach you the required skills. Many experienced climbers will tell you that when it comes to  safety, it is important to get into the right habits from day 1. Taking one of these course will ensure just that. And what better way to learn than from Kirsten in an all female course.

Get professional orientation to the spectacular rock climbing on offer in the Bow Valley and continue your climbing career right this summer with the ACC!

Camp Objectives

Your "classroom" could be anywhere from the front range crags in Kananaskis all the way through to the "back of the lake" crags at Lake Louise. The climbing areas will be determined by your guide(s) based on a number of factors i.e. weather, distance, group size and dynamics.

A two-day course to provide a basic understanding of improvised rock rescue techniques so you can deal with simple cliff-side emergencies. Techniques to be covered on day one include escaping the belay, emergency lowers, tandem rappels, a simple 3:1 raising system and releasing an auto device. Day two will provide more complicated concepts including knot passes and rope ascension as well as scenarios to apply the new skills. Course content can be adapted to the experience level of the group.

Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 

Rock Rescue Edition

Saturday:

  • Meet at Rundle Rock at 8:00 am
  • Review safety and basic climbing skills
  • Go over rescue techniques

Sunday:

  • Meet at Rundle Rock at 8:00 am
  • Review lessons from previous day
  • Continue progression and practice rescue techniques
Is this Camp For Me?
Rock Rescue - Intermediate

This camp is designed for those with previous sport climbing and/or trad experience. You should have a basic understanding of rope systems for multipitches but you do not need to be an advanced climber. Your climbing grade does not matter for this course.

Food, Accommodation and Guiding

Food
To keep the cost of this course as low as possible for participants, food will not be provided as part of the course. So please brink along your peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (or favoured alternative), a packed lunch and some snacks for both days.

Accommodation

Accommodation is not provided on this course but you will be emailed a list of open accommodations in Canmore prior to the course.

Guiding

Our guiding team will comprise of female ACMG-certified guides with a maximum 6:1 participant to guide ratio to ensure you get sufficient one-on-one coaching. Our guides know the Bow Valley inside out and will be able to recommend future routes and crags to further your skills. 

  • Doing the Learn to Lead course helped me progress my rock climbing rapidly and I now feel much safer taking out less experienced partners
  • Climbing on cams and nuts always scared me! The weekend has given me the confidence boost I needed
  • Our excellent guide taught me new tips and tricks and pointed out things I could do more safely
- Past Learn to lead Course Participants -

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more information

  Email us
   403 678 3200 ext. 213

  Gear list
  Covid Protocols for Participants

Organizing Fantastic ACC Adventures For Over 100 Years

  • Local Knowledge - based out of Canmore, AB, we know the Rockies region and the best local caterers, guides and porters
  • Dedicated resources - full-time office staff, ACMG guides and group equipment on-hand to ensure your trip runs smoothly
  • Not-for-profit - any money we make on camps and courses is reinvested into providing services for our members and the mountain community

Cancellation policy and travel Insurance

Please be sure to review our cancellation policy before registering for ACC Adventures:
 
Cancellation Policy
We sell Tugo® Travel Insurance suitable for both ACC Adventures and personal trips

Travel Insurance


Included WITH YOUR CAMP FEE

  • 2 days professional instruction from ACMG certified ski guides 
  • Maximum ratio of 6 participants per guide
  • All ropes and group equipment

Participants Must Provide

  • Accommodation (Canmore Clubhouse accommodation is available for a small additional fee subject to availability)
  • Transportation to and from the field location on Day 1 and 2
  • Meals and lunches
  • Personal gear (seegear list)

Your Guides

Kirsten Knechtel

Kirsten was raised in Banff, AB where her passion for the mountains and mountain adventure began. Kirsten’s family were outdoor enthusiasts and by the age of 6 she began ski racing, age 10 ski touring, and by age 14 she had climbed many classic alpine routes in the Canadian Rockies. Her career as a guide was a natural step. By age 25 she was a fully certified mountain guide. Now 20 plus years later, Kirsten has a huge variety of guiding experiences behind her.She has worked as a manager of a catskiing operation, guided many heliskiing, catskiing and private ski touring trips and worked as an instructor on the ACMG guides training program. In the summer she has worked with the British military training, run her own private guiding business and spent well over 10 years working at the Alpine Club’s General Mountaineering Camp, Marmot Women’s camps and other ACC programs.