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.

OVERVIEW: Learn climbing rescue techniques for yourself and your partners

  • 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, auto-blocking device, and break assisted device.
  • Rope ascension techniques – friction-hitch systems, auto-blocking devices, and assisted breaking device
  • Escaping the belay- from above or below; off an auto-blocking 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/Companion Rescue course should have experience in multi-pitch climbing. Private courses are available for those lacking this experience. Upon completion of our Self/Companion Rescue Course participants will have acquired the knowledge to carry out a straightforward self-rescue in the midst of vertical climbing terrain.

TIME: 2-day course, Sat & Sun, 8:00am – 4:00pm

RATIO: Max 4:1


  • Professional climbing guide
  • Personal climbing gear (rock climbing shoes, harness, helmet)
  • Group gear: ropes, carabiners, climbing protection, slings, cordelettes, etc.


  • Food, transport, lodging
  • Technical clothing, backpack, etc.
  • Rescue insurance
  • Trip insurance
  • Guide gratuity
  • Unforeseen expenses from circumstances outside of Montana Alpine Guides’ control


Spire Climbing Center, 13 Enterprise Blvd. Bozeman, MT

Course Duration

2-Day Course (8am-4pm)

Course Dates

  • August 12-13, 2023
  • Custom dates available, private rates apply


$495/participant for 2-day course

*NOTE: 1-day course prerequisite of 1 day at Spire’s intro or previous training*


  • Max 4:1 ratio