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 ($12 per person per day)
  • Dinner (dehydrated meal in a pouch) + breakfast (oatmeal pouch, coffee/tea)
  • 20$ 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

Date changes, cancellations and refunds

Read pour policies here.


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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