Self Rescue For the Recreational Climber

Self Rescue Skills for the Recreational Climber


Build your tool kit to deal with whatever comes your way

We will explore many potential scenarios that require efficient, confident action to assist a distressed or injured climber, react to environmental/weather issues and practice efficient systems and skills to manage risk. We will cover preventative considerations for risk management and developing sound judgment for single pitch and multi-pitch climbing.

Skills and technical topics will include:

  • Tools and techniques: Essential gear, knots and hitches
  • Belay transfers/belay escapes
  • Assisting fallen leader or second (counter-balance ascending/ descending techniques). Rope drag issues: prevention and correction techniques
  • Explore the Gri Gri and break assist type belay device as a multi-use rescue tool.
  • Rappel issues: stuck ropes, ascending techniques
  • Lowering/descent options and techniques for efficient retreat

    Our Clinicians:

    Our self-rescue clinic presenters have 50+ combined years of professional guiding experience at Smith Rock. They are psyched to share their knowledge and experience and present and practice these essential skills with you!

    Jim Ablao

    • AMGA Certified Rock Guide
    • AMGA Certified Rock Instructor
    • AMGA SPI Provider
    • AMGA SPI Certification Provider Trainer

    Gabe Coler

    • IFMGA American Mountain Guide
    • AMGA SPI Program Instructor

    2022 Course Dates

    June 3rd, July 18th, Aug 13th


    Courses are $150 per person, a minimum of two people required to run a course

    If the listed course dates don’t work with your schedule, all courses can be arranged as a Private Guided Day Trip – customized to your needs, on the day you choose.