Self Rescue Class with Richard of the Outdoor Adventure Club

The Self-Rescue Class should be taken by anyone who climbs outdoors, regardless of climbing skill. Participants should be familiar with basic anchoring techniques, and comfortable belaying and rapelling.

In this class, Richard Bothwell, CFO (Chief Fun Officer), Program Director and Owner of Outdoor Adventure Club, will prepare you to deal with common situations found in outdoor climbing, like what to do if your partner falls or is injured, or how to help a climber get past a section that is too difficult for them. Learning how to get out of tough situations will also help you avoid getting into those situations in the first place.

This is a one day "condensed" version of our full 2 day self rescue class.

You'll learn a progression of skills, each building on the last. You'll learn how to belay and lower from above, how to tie off a belay, escape the belay, how to rappel with an injured climber, how to set up 2:1, 3:1 and 6:1 haul systems, and how to build load transfer systems based on the Munter Mule knot.

The class is all day (8:30-5:30). We'll be squeezing in as much information as possible, and working on applying the skills taught in realistic scenarios. It's entirely likely that we'll extend the class an hour or so to make sure you get plenty of time to learn, practice, and ask questions.

In addition to the rescue skills, you'll also learn (or review) several techniques for belaying from above, including using the Munter Hitch, Grigri/Cinch and Reverso/ATC Guide.

Cost: $125 per person

The class is being offered and taught by the guides of the Outdoor Adventure Club. The Outdoor Adventure Club is offering this class to GYCO Meetup members for only $125 - that's more than half off of their regular (two day) self rescue class, which is $299.


Registration instructions:

  1. To register for the class you need to RSVP here, then pay for the class on the Outdoor Adventure Club website. You are not confirmed in the class until you make payment arrangements on the OAC site here: OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CLUB GYCO PAGE WITH PAYPAL BUTTON FOR CLASSES
  2. the minimum number of attendees is 3 people for this class to take place
  3. the maximum number of attendees is 8 for one instructor and 12 for 2 instructors. Thus when waiting list becomes long, the class may open for more attendee, depending on availability of instructors.


If you have any questions about the class, please contact Richard through the meetup or via email at [masked]


What to bring:

  1. Your personal climbing gear (harness, ATC, shoes, and helmets.)
  2. Lunch
  3. Sunscreen
  4. Layers of clothing if it's cold
  5. A desire to learn and to be an active participant. This is a very hands on class.


Note: Climbing is serious & dangerous so if you choose to attend climb at your own risk. GYCO or meetup.com (or myself) is not liable or responsible for any injuries you may incur.

Questions? Suggestions?

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  • Neal S.

    This class was great, as Richards always seem to be. I highly recommend it, hope you never need it, but everyone in GYCO should take his anchoring and rescue classes as they are the basics and basis for safe climbing. I've been climbing for a while but am better now for these classes and will take more from Richard as I am sure they will benefit both me, and the people I climb with. Besides, he makes learning fun!

    1 · March 27, 2013

  • anthony

    I am up for practice, scenario testing...whenever anyone has a few free hours. Auburn is the closest place to me. Open to other places.

    1 · March 25, 2013

  • Brandon

    Sadly, I will have to miss this. Something else has come up. Good fortune for the next person on the waiting list though. Richard's classes are awesome.

    March 19, 2013

    • Richard B.

      Thanks for the kind words, Brandon...we'll offer it again, too.. have a good weekend

      March 21, 2013

  • anthony

    Am I on the waitlist because I have not paid yet or because 9 peeps is the actual cutoff number?

    March 15, 2013

    • Richard B.

      Hey Anthony...stay tuned, We are confirming everyone right now, and usually a few spots will open up.

      March 18, 2013

  • Linda

    Shoot, I'm the one who asked about when this class was going to be held, but I already have plans to go skiing that weekend. Hopefully, there will be another soon!

    February 26, 2013

    • Michael D.

      We will do another one for sure Linda in spring. :) These classes are created around Richard's other snow events and availability. I promise we will get you in these ;)

      February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just realized I have a full day of class on Sunday! It's a makeup class for president's day :(

    1 · February 26, 2013

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