Multipitch Skills and Self Rescue Course - Half Day


Colorado Springs, Colorado

Group Size

4 people per guide


4 hours



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.