Would you know what to do if your climbing partner was injured mid-climb? Climbing can easily lead us into dangerous situations where being self-sufficient can make the difference between life and death. How would you deal with a stuck rope, too short a rope, bad weather, mandatory retreat, or an injury that could leave you and your partner incapacitated? This Self-Rescue course is designed to teach participants the skills and techniques necessary to improvise a safe way out of a crisis situation. We will utilize the standard equipment used on a typical day of climbing. These techniques can be effective on snow, rock and ice. The topics our Self Rescue Course will cover includes:

    • Safety planning, risk assessment, management, and mitigation
    • Raising/Hauling systems for self rescue – 2:1, 3:1, 5:1, 6:1
    • Pick-Offs – patient pickoffs for self-rescue, Multi-Pitch Descents with a Patient
    • Rappelling (standar, extended, counterbalance, tandem and pre-rigged)
    • Lowering Systems – with a munter, tube-style device, autoblocking device, and break assisted device.
    • Rope ascension techniques – friction-hitch systems, autoblocking devices, and assisted breaking device
    • Escaping the belay- from above or below; off an autoblocking device/anchor or your harness.
    • Anchor options and systems
    • Passing Knots, Load Transfers
    • Knots , bends, & hitches used in self rescue.
    • Load releasable hitches – munter-mule
    • Equipment use and improvisation options


    Climbers enrolling in MAG’s Self Rescue course should have experience in multi-pitch climbing.  Private courses are available for those lacking this experience.

    Upon completion of our Self Rescue Course participants will have acquired the knowledge to carry out a straightforward self-rescue in the midst of vertical climbing terrain.

    Course Duration

    2 Day (other options on custom trips)

    Course Dates

    • June 16-17
    • July 21-22
    • August 25-26
    • September 29-30


    $420/participant for 2-day course


    • Max 6 : 1