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Multipitch Skills and Self Rescue Course

When it comes to bigger climbs it pays to be efficient. To become proficient not only requires practice but knowledge on how to deal with the many novel situations we find ourselves when climbing. By adding skills to your tool box people can climb multipitch routes more efficiently which means less time exposed to mountain hazards. Being a safer climber also requires one to know how to handle problems or emergencies, even more so on climbs more than a rope length off the ground. Learning how to build anchors quickly, belay in ways that enhance safety, and what to do when there are problems help climbers avoid having minor problems or injuries turn into major epics or helicopter rides. While climbing is inherently risky a class on how to increase your margin of safety is wise insurance.

What You'll Learn

For those who have experience leading but want to try more complicated objectives or get into bigger climbing objectives the ability to manage multipitch techniques and the knowledge of self rescue skills are extremely important skills and may save you or a partners life. During these rock climbing classes participants will learn:

  • How to manage ropes on ascents of multiple ropelengths (multipitch)
  • Advanced techniques for managing top belays as well as the best techniques to belay a leader from an the anchor to increase the margin of safety
  • Techniques to improve efficiency to increase the size of climbs participants can complete in a day.
  • How to avoid emergency situations that require rescues.
  • What techniques to use in what situations to help a climber in an emergency situation. Skills such as ascending ropes, hauling, and escaping the belay.
  • How to more safely abandon advanced climbs when a safe ascent is not possible.

After taking a self rescue and multipitch technique course climbers should feel more confident in their ability to move quickly in rock terrain as well as increase their margin of safety on more complicated rock climbs.

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Climbing Instruction Rates and Availability

1 Instructor Half Day (4 hours) Regular Day (6 hours) Full Day (8 hours)
1 Students $309 $369 $429
2 Students $249 $309 $369
3 Students $199 $249 $309
4 Students $149 $199 $249
2 instructors to keep low ratios for the best experience!
5-8 Students $119 $149 $199

Rate Information:

Rates are per person, e.g. 3 people for a Regular Day would be $259/person for a total of $777. Trip start times are custom but generally we recommend 8AM starts for most rock climbing May through September to avoid heat, crowding, and afternoon thunderstorms.

Discount Information: We appreciate our guests but discounts are limited to the following and cannot be combined with any other offer.

Early Bird Discounts and Last Chance Pricing: Book early and save! Schedule any rock climbing trip a month or more in advance for a 10% discount. Any trip booked with less than 48 hours notice incur a $100 convenience fee.

Bundle Pricing: The ultimate way to get started climbing! Purchase 3 or more days of climbing guiding or instruction at once for a 10% discount. Schedule at your convenience.

Best Places to Learn Self Rescue and Multipitch

These climbing classes work best in areas with good mix of terrain where you can start learning near the ground before moving into bigger terrain.

Required Skills

Because this is an advanced course climbers should come prepared with the following skills:

  • Participants should be confident in their ability to lead traditional rock climbs up to 5.8. Some venues may allow for less.
  • Participants must be confident in their ability to build rock solid anchors in a variety of terrain and situations, even when gear is limited.
  • Participants must be able to belay a leader and toprope climber with a variety of devices.
  • Participants must be comfortable using fixed anchors for rappel descents using tube style belay devices.

Participants without the required skills may be asked to book additional days to ensure the best learning experience.

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