Self / Partner Rescue

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, a 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. Topics include:

  • 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 (standard, extended, counterbalance, tandem, and pre-rigged)
  • Lowering systems – with a munter, tube-style device, autoblocking device, and brake-assisted device
  • Rope ascension techniques – friction-hitch systems, autoblocking devices, and assisted braking 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, and 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

1 Day

Course Dates

  • January 27, 2024

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$275 for 1-day course (no extra costs)


  • Professional guiding and instruction
  • All technical equipment (ice tools, boots, crampons, harness, and helmet)


4:1 (max of 8 participants, 2 guides)


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