LEARN THE TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF A COMPLEX ROPE RESCUE TO HELP YOURSELF, YOUR PARTNER OR AN ADJACENT PARTY HALF WAY UP A MULTI-PITCH ROUTE.
As a climber, one needs to be self-sufficient in a high angle climbing environment and rope rescue skills are critical. After taking this course participants will be prepared to execute an efficient rope rescue in varying situations.
We will learn how to prepare for rescue situations, escape the climbing system, perform raises, lowers, and self-rescue. We will also cover rope ascending techniques, reversing certain belay methods, and safe decision making. We will also discuss the implications of carrying out a rescue in technical terrain.
The rescue system taught is the same used by professional guides.
We also cover all essentials such as equipment, safety protocols, and hazard management. The result is an understanding of the critical gear required and the knowledge to carry out simple rescue procedures in an emergency situation on rock.
Participants will find it useful to know a variety of knots and hitches for this course. Ie Figure 8, Overhand, Munter hitch, Clove hitch, Prussik hitch, Garda Hitch.
Check out our Rock Progression Academy program for an in-depth program to all aspects of rock climbing.
8:00am: Meet your guide at Squamish Adventure Centre.
The guide will have everyone sign a waiver before having a safety discussion and performing a gear check. They will then discuss the day's objectives and lesson plan.
4:30pm: The day will end at approximately 4:30pm with a debrief, discussion of the course and next step recommendations.
Instructor provides group equipment:
- Anchor building equipment
- Rock climbing shoes
- Belay device (with 1 locking carabiner)
- Prusik 1.5-1.7m, 7mm
- Anchor building equipment (2 locking carabiners, 2 non-locking carabiners & 120cm or 240cm sling)
- Chalk bag
Rock Rescue Kit:
- 5 x Locking Carabiners
- 4 x Non-locking Carabiners
- 1 x 120cm Sling
- 2 x 5m (7mm) Cordelette
- 1 x 1.5m (7mm) Cordelette or ‘Hollow block’
- 1 x Auto-Block/Belay Device (Petzl Reverso or BD ATC Guide)
Take advantage of our bundle pricing and purchase the necessary climbing gear for this course at checkout.
Clothing (Plan ahead, check the weather forecast, and dress accordingly):
- Climbing pants (light pants that allow maximum mobility)
- Mid layer fleece or wool top
- Weatherproof shell jacket
- Down or synthetic insulating “puffy” jacket
- Warm hat
- Light gloves
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Approach shoes
- Daypack 25-35L
It is beneficial to practice using your own equipment under the supervision of a professional.
We take pride in our concise Rock Rescue curriculum.
In this one-day course, you will learn what gear you need on your harness and how to use every piece of equipment in multiple ways.
The exact content of the course will vary depending on group experience, goals and interest. Rock rescue is a very broad topic with endless amounts of hypotheticals and ‘what-ifs’. Below is a sample of what a typical course will cover.
- The Implications of Rescue
- Rope Rescue Components
- Rock Rescue Demonstration
- Blocking the Belay
- Assessing the Situation
- Raising & Lowering
- Counterbalance Rappel
- Tandem Rappeling
- Reversing the Belay
- Rope Ascending and Descending
Click HERE for the full curriculum
The important details:
Season: May – October
Duration: 1 Day (8:30am – 4:30pm)
Max Ratio: 6 Clients to 1 Guide
Prerequisites: Multi-Pitch Climbing Skills
Minimum Age: 16 yrs
Discount: After completion all students will receive a 10% discount on the following course they book with MSAA.
Public: $169 per person | Private: $649 per group up to 6
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