Course curriculum

  • 01


    • Welcome to Intro to Trad

    • What will be covered in this course

    • Pre-Course Survey

  • 02


    • Strength + Trad

  • 03

    Gear Placements and Anchors

    • Placing Cams

    • Placing Nuts

    • Anchor Principals

    • Anchors

    • Multi directional anchors

    • Natural Anchors

  • 04


    • Lead Strategies

    • Leading

    • Fall Factor + Impact Forces

  • 05

    Wrap Up

    • Disclaimer

    • Quick Reference

    • Survey


Instructor Bio:

Raised on a guest ranch in the Colorado Rockies, Tucker has spent his entire life leading people efficiently and safely through the mountains. While his early years were spent on horseback and snowmobile, he was introduced to rock climbing in his early twenties and has never looked back. He moved to Squamish with his family in pursuit of earning his ACMG Rock Guide certification and now dedicates himself to ensuring clients have the best possible experience on Squamish's magnificent granite. While he is constantly researching and staying on top of the newest rock climbing equipment, systems and gear, his client testimonies indicate Tucker is most passionate about helping people have an incredible time in the mountains. When he’s not guiding, Tucker can likely be found ski touring with his young daughter in the Coast Mountain backcountry or sipping whiskey on alpine peaks with friends. @tuckeroderick

Tucker Roderick

ACMG apprentice alpine guide, Avalanche instructor


Instructor Bio:

Kinley began climbing in Squamish 15 years ago and has been proud to call the Sea to Sky home ever since. A full career of climbing adventures has taken her to such exotic sun-soaked rock destinations as Madagascar, Australia, and Mexico, as well as some of the highest and wildest peaks in North America, from the Southern US and the Waddington Range to Mt. Whitney. With ten years of guiding under her belt, Kinley still loves the engaging work of an ACMG Rock Guide. Whether leading multi-pitch routes up the Chief or teaching high-level instructional courses to aspirant guides, she stays excited about her profession thanks to the variety of technical challenges and the personal connections she makes with a diversity of people. When she’s not guiding, Kinley maintains that the perfect summer’s day in Squamish would be spent leisurely drinking coffees, cruising up perfect splitter cracks above the ocean, and spending the evening gardening with her two-year-old daughter in tow. @kinleyaitken

Kinley Aitken

ACMG rock guide