We all hope to never encounter a climbing situation that would warrant a rescue, but climbing is a dangerous sport where things can go wrong. Self-rescue entails rescuing yourself without outside assistance. The reason why this is so important in climbing is that enlisting the help of outside rescuers is not always possible, puts more people at risk, and is very costly.
Climbing self-rescue is a very extensive topic with entire books being devoted to it. Because of this, our self-rescue program is split into various classes and clinics. This class is designed to give climbers new to self-rescue the fundamental skills and knowledge to build a foundation for further self-rescue education. This class runs for approximately 3-4 hours and covers topics such as…
Types of climbing emergencies.
Assessing the situation.
Rescue knots and hitches.
Dealing with a broken rope.
Dealing with a broken harness.
Prerequisites for this class include: Top Rope Belay certification and completion of the Basic Rappelling class (or adequate knowledge of the material).
How to prepare for this class…
Wear loose fitting athletic clothing.
Remove all jewelry and watches.
Tie back long hair.
Equipment: All equipment will be provided, but you’re welcome to bring your own. Equipment we will use include; Harness, climbing shoes, belay device, grigri, basic ascender, runners, cord, webbing, and locking carabineers.
Max class size is 3:1.