THE complete course to start dreaming about the Big Walls of this world ! Placing all sorts of aid climbing gear, ascending fixed ropes, managing bags, a night on a portaledge; we’ll see it all !



The AID CLIMBING : BIG WALL & PORTALEDGE training course includes :

  • FQME and AGMA certified instructor
  • Technical and educational material
    • Including portaledge (double)
    • 1 bashi per participant
  • Entry fee per person to Montagne d’Argent ($12 per person per day)
  • Dinner (dehydrated meal in a pouch) + breakfast (oatmeal pouch, coffee/tea)
  • The of the UIAA booklet Memento on alpine and climbing skills (worth $15) or 20$ discount on the book Freedom of the Hills (worth 45$ – promo code Freedom)

Number of participants per monitor

  • Minimum 4 / Maximum 6

Minimum age 

  • 18 years


  • Leading trad lines for a MINIMUM of 2 seasons
  • Comfortable sleeping on a portaledge with another person (no return to the ground in the evening/night)


  • We highly recommand the purchase of this instructional book, a must-have for climbers and mountain lovers.

Topics covered for the AID CLIMBING section 

  • Gear– progression gear (pitons, hooks, cam-hooks, bashies (alumina / copper heads),offsets camming device, improvised items , step aiders, daisy chains, fifi, gloves, ascenders)
  • Attitude– easy routes vs. difficult routes, aid vs. free climbing
  • Management – fall factor, pulley effect, traverses, pendulums, how to be an efficient second climber
  • Practice – application of concepts learned, self-rescue and rescue plan, evacuation

Topics covered for the BIG WALL section 

  • Gear– bags, portaledge, gear list, water (HEAVY!!!), pulleys
  • Attitude– 8 pitches vs. 32 pictches difficult routes, aid vs. free climbing, keeping a schedule, adjustments
  • Management – MANAGEMENT, MANAGEMENT, MANAGEMENT; belay, whole project, the team, descent
  • Practice – application of concepts learned, self-rescue and rescue plan, evacuation, encouraged to further explore other safety concepts (First Aid, CPR, other equipment, etc.)

Day 1

  • 9:15 AM: Reception at the LA LIBERTÉ NORD-SUD hut and distribution of equipment
  • 9:30 AM -11:00 AM: Validation of participants’ knowledge
  • 11:00 AM -5:00 PM: Practice and theory taught by workshop
  • 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Portaledge installation and dinner preparation
  • 9:00 PM – 6:00 AM: Sleep

Day 2

  • 6:00 AM – 8:00 AM: Get up, breakfast, and portaledge disassembling
  • 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM: Practice and theory taught by workshop
  • 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Sorting of equipment
  • 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Course conclusion


  • For On-Request availabilities, please contact us T.438-871-7133

Course cancellation due to weather conditions

The course could be cancelled  if the forecast calls for more than a 60% chance of precipitation and an accumulation of 1 mm or more hourly for the greater part of the day. The decision can be made the day prior to the activity at the latest. Please note that we rarely cancel this course completely due to weather conditions.


Additional information


1.Personnal gear to bring along

  • Lunch and snacks (ideally that can be stored in pant pockets)
  • 4 litres of water per day in plastic soda bottles (a mini-video demo explaining how to arrange the bottles will be provided prior to the course)
  • Approach shoes (sturdy)
  • Polar vest (depending on the season)
  • Windbreaker
  • Raincoat
  • Clothing kit for 2 days, ideally:
    • One solid nylon pant with 2 zipper pockets and zips to mid-leg
    • One brightly coloured and comfortable t-shirt (cotton or merino wool)
  • One synthetic sleeping bag (between 800 g and 1.5 kg)
  • Foam ground mattress
  • Suspended heater
  • Camping quick toiletry case:
    • for Women (urinal)
    • Toilet paper
    • Hand sanitizer (waterless)
    • Mini towel
    • Deodorant
    • Toothbrush
  • Tuque and gloves (depending on the season)
  • Change of clothes for the return (shower possible at Montagne d’Argent)
  • Lip balm and sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Insect repellant
  • Bathing suit (depending on the season / possibility of swimming)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Flashlight (if possible, frontal) with spare batteries
  • Lighter
  • Pocket knife
  • Fox 40 whistle on an accessory carabiner
  • 4-5 mini accessory carabiners
  • Your cell phone

2. Rock climbing equipment to bring

Note: The following list is recommended in order to be independent

If you do not have all of these items, we can rent you some by the piece or for $75 (including) tax, per day for the kit. Please contact us to check rental availability. Trying before buying is an excellent idea. We can also make specific recommendations.

  • Climbing helmet
  • Climbing harness with 4 gear loops
  • Climbing shoes (comfortable)
  • 1 self-belay lanyard (Dyna-Connexion from Béal or equivalent)
  • 7 large screwgate carabiners
  • 10 carabiners
  • 2 runners (120 cm each)
  • 1 cord (6 m of 7-mm cord)
  • 1 cord (2 m of 7-mm cord)
  • 1 belay device (Reverso, ATC, etc.)
  • GriGri (optional)
  • 1 small size rack trad
    • 6 stoppers
    • 6 caming devices
  • 1 fifi hook (with strap or cord to be attached)
  • 2 daisy (ideally adjustable)
  • 2 step aiders
  • 2 ascenders (1 right and 1 left)
  • 1 hammer
  • 1 single rope
  • Goggles
  • Leather gloves
  • Kneepads (optional)

3.Please let us know if you have or have access to the following equipment

  • Portaledge with the fly that goes with…
  • Haul bag
  • Hauling rope (static, semi-static or an old rope)
  • Hooks
  • Cam hooks
  • Pulleys
  • Self-locking pulleys (e.g. protraxion)
  • Swivel
  • Offset camming devices


  • We highly recommand the purchase of this instructional book, a must-have for climbers and mountain lovers.

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