Program // Clinics

Rope toolbox

Available in french only

Vendredi, 23 février 2024

Offered in French only
8:00am - 12:00pm
Advanced level
6 places available
Clinic appointment time: 7:30 a.m.
Meeting point: Festiglace site reception (see map)


Establish a set of methods, tools and techniques to be better prepared for multi-length rope hazards. Topics will include:

Improvising with a core-shot

How to avoid jamming ropes

Reassembling a jammed rope (double strand, single bin)

Ascending a rope while suspended in the void in second position

Introducing the principles of “Sans Trace” for abseiling in the mountains.


Participants must have multi-pitch experience (summer or winter) and be in good physical shape.


Equipment required: Prussik, rescue rope (5 to 7m), a few long slings of various sizes, a few alpine quickdraws, a few screwgate carabiners, ATC. Optional: Micro traxion (or equivalent) and Grigri.

Please note that the temperature can be very cold and variable. As a result, bring adjustable layers of clothing, from functional T-shirts to intermediate layers of fleece or wool, a down jacket, a GORE-TEX jacket, Softshell pants, GORE-TEX pants, a hat, a pair of thin and warm gloves, and consider bringing a spare pair.

Compatible crampons for mountaineering boots, technical ice climbing crampons, climbing harness, climbing helmet, 2 ice climbing axes (possible to borrow from our partner’s shop), 2 screw-lock carabiners, a belay system like Reverso or similar, a dynamic lanyard, a charged headlamp, and an approximately 30L backpack.

Sun protection (sunglasses, high SPF sunscreen, lip balm), enough food for the clinic duration, and water (at least 2 liters) for a full day in the mountains. It’s also nice to have a hot beverage in a YETI thermos.

Don’t forget your phone or camera to capture beautiful memories of your experience.

$110 per person

*Taxes not included.

Tom Canac

Tom isn’t involved in the development of climbing in Saguenay, he’s exploring North American cliffs for all types of climbing: artificial, mixed, traditional, and more. In 2019, he documented the opening of a route on Cap Trinité, a majestic 280-meter cliff wall, under the title “Le temps suspendu” (Suspended Time).