The Haliburton Highlands has long been treasured as the area of rest and relaxation camping and cottaging surrounding the area.  Hidden amongst the wooded landscape are granite cliffs waiting to be discovered.  If you are looking for a unique opportunity to try something new and exciting that you found the right company.

Elements Guiding offers safe and fun outdoor rock climbing adventures suitable for people of all ages and skill levels.  There is no experience required to participate in this exhilarating sport. You be outfitted with the necessary safety gear and learn the skills to safely enjoy climbing outdoors.


“Never climbed a rock? Not a problem”                                                                    Lorne Foisy – Guide/Owner


Introductory Rock Climbing

Perhaps you have climbed at an indoor wall before or tried out a portable wall at the fair, well then this course is for you! We explain the basics and let you explore natural rock faces and help you learn more about the exciting world of outdoor rock climbing.

All technical equipment is provided for this experience (Helmets, harness, shoes, etc)

*Belaying is mandatory, but can be refreshed or learned as part of this day course.

  • 2-4  $150 per person (minimum 2 participants)

Introductory Rock Itinerary

Duration: 9am-4pm

Location: TBA - Various Climbing Crags suited for learning

9:00 - Meet and greet, waivers, gear fitting (harness, helmet, shoes)

9:30 - Hike into the climbing location

9:45 - Site briefing/overview of the day

10:00-12:00 - Skills

12:00-12:30 - Lunch  

12:30-4:00 - Skills

4:00 - Wrap up and review

- Hazard awareness
- Gear selection
- Basic climbing technique (bouldering/spotting)
- Learn about the top roping setup
- Tying knots
- Learn to belay
- Climbing commands


What would you like to do today? 

You can learn some new skills or perhaps you want to just climb classics until the sun goes down.

  • Sport climbing courses to transition you from the gym to the outdoor realm.
  • Traditional climbing courses to learn how to place your own protection.
  • A day of  choose your adventure. Pick a location, pick a climb and lets get after it.

Personal harness, shoes and helmet required. All technical equipment is provided for this experience (Ropes, quickdraws, etc)

*Participants should have previous climbing experience. Please let us know where you are at in your climbing game and we can customize a program to meet your needs.

  • 1  - $300
  • 2 - 400
  • *Guided climbing is max 2 participants.

Duration: 8 hours, 10-6pm (timing is flexible)

Location: TBD - Various Climbing Crags

9:45 - Meet and greet, waivers, gear fitting (harness, helmet, shoes) 10:00 - Hike into the climbing location 10:15 - Site briefing/overview of the day 10:30 -5:30 - Skills, lunch when convenient 5:30 -6:00 - Wrap up, pack up and hike out

- Choosing your gear
- The “Beta” on choosing and area and climbs that will suit your skill level
- Additional climbing commands
- Lead belay technique (manual and assisted braking devices)
- How to clip quickdraws 
- Taking falls and catching falls
- Anchor setups
- Anchor Cleaning