Vertical Caving Course

At Canmore Cave Tours we believe everyone should be cavers and we are passionate about helping people enjoy this fascinating activity. We provide a series of caving courses to help new and experienced cavers develop and maintain the necessary skills to appreciate and enjoy caving in a safe and responsible manner. Our caving courses are arranged into a logical progression intended to introduce and develop skills in digestible portions, allowing students to gain the caving experience they need for the next step in training.

- Sign up for both the Horizontal and Vertical Caving courses and receive a $50 total discount. -


2 days


Price: $350.00 + GST


16 years old +


February 11-12th, 2017
Apr 29-30th, 2017

Minimum 4 participants


  • What to bring

    We provide: coveralls, kneepads, gloves, helmet & headlamp, safety lanyard, and backpack. You will not get wet in the cave.

    • Footwear: Clients must wear appropriate footwear – hiking boots are best or running shoes with good tread – NO Sandals, NO open toes, NO skateboard shoes, NO flat soled shoes.
    • Clothing: Wear warm comfortable clothing: long bottoms, long sleeved shirt & sweater/fleece/hoodie on top. Suitable outdoor clothing is required for all seasons
    • Medication: For safety reasons please ensure to have plenty of all necessary medications with you during your time in the cave.
    • Food & Drinks: Bring some small wrapped snacks (soft snack bars, fruit leather) and bottled water.
    • Cameras: Small digital cameras work well in the cave or disposable with flash.

Course Details

A two day introduction to the art of Single Rope Technique (SRT) – the means by which cavers access vertical/technical areas in caves. Learn the skills necessary to join vertical caving trips under the supervision of more experienced cavers.

The focus of this course is the fundamentals of SRT, good habits, and efficiency on rope. We will teach you to use the most commonly available equipment so that you can progress through any obstacle on rope in any direction, including knots, re-belays, deviations and traverses. As these are highly technical skills repetition is key. You will spend a lot of time on rope repeating each skill a lot.

Day 1 will take place indoors at a climbing facility – usually in Calgary or Canmore. Day 2 will begin with a short classroom session, and then we will take the skills we learned on Day 1 into the real world with most of the day spent in Rat’s Nest Cave in Canmore.

All caving equipment is provided, giving you the opportunity to try out a variety of different equipment should you choose to purchase your own.

Course participants receive a 10% discount on equipment from our in-house caving store.

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Make a Booking Online

Select an available date on the calendar below to book your Vertical Caving Course. Book the Horizontal Caving Course at the same time and we will discount both courses by 10%.

2017 Horizontal Caving Course Dates:

  • February 4th, 2017
  • April 22, 2017

2017 Vertical Caving Course Dates:

  • February 11th-12th, 2017
  • April 29th-30th, 2017



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