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
2-Day Course (8am-4pm)
- 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
MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: 3 climbers