Designed for rock climbers who want to understand the fundamental skills of self‐rescue, this course covers all the bases. The focus is on learning a thorough grasp of applicable rescue systems, not just memorizing steps in esoteric skills. Learn how to escape a belay, lower a patient, and pass a knot while maintaining a focus on prevention and how to approach a rescue with a cool head. You don’t need rescue skills on most days that you climb, but basic rescue skills are a must for all climbers.
- Prevention: Review of proper anchoring and belaying techniques
- Rescuer Safety: Situational awareness and understanding adequate security
- Rescue knots and hitches
- Simple rescue systems that work in many situations and are the foundation for all advanced rescue techniques
- A thorough understanding of basic climbing systems and common knots
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- Must have adequate health insurance
A certificate of completion is issued to students that successfully complete this course.
Student to Instructor Ratio
12 hours: 3‐hour evening classroom session, plus one full day in the field.
- Rock Climbing Harness and Helmet
- Belay device
- 2 locking carabiners
Optional: Bring whatever equipment you normally climb with so we can discuss its use in rescue situations. Especially bring slings, cordelette/prusik material, plaquette‐ style belay device (Reverso, Black Diamond Guide, etc.), comfortable climbing shoes and extra locking and non‐locking carabiners. Make sure all your equipment is marked.
|Evening 1: Classroom|
|1800||Introductions and expectations|
|1830||Rescue system overview|
|1900||Knots and hitches|
|2000||Material and system strength|
|2030||Case study analysis|
|Day 2: Field|
|800||Anchoring and belaying technique review|
|900||Escaping a belay|
|1100||Lowering a patient|
|1300||Passing a knot|
|1500||Putting it all together: scenarios|