Rock Climbing Advanced: Self rescue


Learn different rescues systems as well as how to plan ahead and prepare for accident prevention.


  • Planning, preparation, equipment, and communication

  • Problem avoidance: reducing the risks in the first place

  • Basic rescue knots, hitches, and tie offs

  • Load transfers, the building blocks for all rope rescue techniques

  • Raising systems 101: a detailed look at the basic physics behind raising

  • systems, mechanical advantage raises, and assisted raises (2:1, 3:1 and 3:1 assisted)

  • Rescuing and assisting the second: raises, lowers and counterbalanced lowers

  • Ascending a fixed and counterbalanced rope

  • Correct techniques for using plaquette devices in climbing and self rescue applications (ATC Guide/Reverso)

  • Rescuing the injured leader in the single and multi-pitch environment

  • Weighted transitions (rappelling multiple pitches with an unconscious climber)

  • Counterbalanced and tandem rappels

  • Effective knot passes on rappels and lowers


  • Duration: Half or Full Day

  • Times: Call for details

  • Includes: Guide, Gear, and Course Curriculum

  • Locations: Golden, Boulder, Evergreen Colorado

  • Availability: Year round

  • Prereqs: Rock Climbing Intermediate or equivalent

Group trips available only on weekends, private trips can be booked anytime.

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