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Self Rescue

Learn Comprehensive Rock Self Rescue

Climbing is fun and exciting, but there are some significant potential risks if you and your partner are not prepared to manage them. Self rescue is a vital skill for any climber and should be practiced routinely. Whether you need to lower an injured climber safely off of a route, escape a lead belay to call for help, or simply help your partner through a difficult section of climbing - self rescue skills are one of the absolute best tools you can have at your disposal as a rock climber.

Knowing what to do when things go south can make the difference between a minor inconvenience, and a night spent snuggled up with your climbing partner waiting for daylight! In this climbing Self Rescue clinic, we will help outfit you with the skills you need to avoid an “epic” at the crag. During this full day course, you will have plenty of time to get hands on, ask questions, and prepare yourself.

Self rescue, while initially may seem intimidating, uses just a few key skills to problem solve on the fly. We will cover various kinds of friction hitches, the munter mule with overhand backup, mechanical advantage hauling systems, and rappelling with an injured climber. With these skills, you will be able to escape a belay, ascend a rope, transfer loads, assist partners, and safely rappel as a team.

If you’re looking to gain more confidence in the mountains, whether in a single or multi-pitch setting, this course will help round out your skillset as you develop into a mountain leader. This is also a great step on the pathway to becoming or preparing for your AMGA SPI assessment, and our AMGA certified guides can help provide the technical knowledge and efficiency you’ll want to have in your pocket come exam day.

Did you miss the climbing course you really wanted to take? We can always offer any course as a Private Day instead. Contact Us to set up a Private Day.

Practicing self rescue climbing skills in Clear Creek Canyon

Self Rescue

Do you know how to save your climbing parter if something goes terribly wrong? Learn all about climbing self rescue and be prepared.

Self Rescue

Self rescue is a must for all climbers, regardless of the terrain you choose to play in.  Whether your partner took a falling rock to the helmet, or your sport climbing buddy jumped on a 230 foot single pitch route with a 200 foot rope, you need to know how to handle any scenario that comes your way.  With lots of opportunities for hands on practice, you'll walk away from this one day clinic with the confidence to rescue your partner from any situation.

This is a hands on class where you will have plenty of time to practice, ask questions, and apply skills in new ways.  Instructor demonstrations coupled with hands on experience is a great way to put it all together.

In this course, you'll have plenty of time to ask questions, practice skills, and apply them in new ways.  Practice makes perfect and we guarantee there will be lots of time to hone your self rescue skills under the watchful eye of an AMGA Certified Rock Guide and Single Pitch Instructor.


Participants should be able to comfortably climb 5.8 outdoors on a top rope as well as have experience with basic climbing systems such as belaying.  Previous leading experience is strongly recommended, but not required.


  • Learn from a pro! Our guides/instructors have undergone rigorous training and certification to be able to teach you

  • Instructor demos and tons of hands on experience

  • Plenty of time to ask questions and practice new skills

  • You'll walk away from this course with an understanding of self rescue skills for both single and multi-pitch climbs

  • This is a great course to meet new, safe, climbing partners

Topics Covered

  • How to prevent self rescue scenarios

  • Friction hitches

  • Munter mule knot with an overhand backup

  • How to escape a belay

  • Mechanical advantage hauling systems

  • Ascending a rope

  • Load transfers

  • Tandem and counter-balance rappelling

  • Anchor considerations

  • Tips from an AMGA Certified Rock Guide

Price Includes

  • An AMGA Certified Rock Guide and Single Pitch Instructor

  • All necessary climbing equipment including harnesses, helmets, climbing shoes, belay devices, ropes, and protection

  • Professional guiding, instruction, and coaching throughout the entire day

  • Resources to further your climbing journey

Price Excludes

  • Transportation. You will be responsible for your own transportation to and from a designated meeting area

  • Gratuity

  • Personal items such as food, clothing, backpack, etc.

  • Entrance fees and parking fees (where necessary)

Course Dates & Price

Course Dates

April 16, 2023

June 3, 2023

August 12, 2023




Clear Creek Canyon

Course Length

8:00am to 4:00pm

Difficulty Rating
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