Self rescue is an essential skill for every recreational climber to learn before they hit the crag. Our self-rescue course is designed to teach you how to deal with the unexpected during a climb. We will explore potential scenarios that require efficient, confident action to assist a distressed or injured climber, react to environmental/weather issues and practice efficient systems and skills to manage risk. Our certified guides will cover preventative considerations for risk management and developing sound judgment for single pitch and multi-pitch climbing. This course is meant to provide you with the baseline rescue skills and techniques that every climber should master before they enter into committing climbing terrain.
Skills and Technical Topics Will Include:
Tools and techniques: essential gear, knots, and hitches
Belay transfers/belay escapes
Assisting fallen leader or second (counter-balance ascending/descending techniques).
Rope drag issues: prevention and correction techniques
Explore the GriGri and break assist type belay device as a multi-use rescue tool.
How to asses common rappel issues: stuck ropes, ascending techniques
Lowering/descent options and techniques for efficient retreat
Our self-rescue clinic presenters have 50+ combined years of professional guiding experience at Smith Rock. They are psyched to share their knowledge and experience with you so you can learn & practice the essential self-rescue skills needed for every climber!