Self Rescue Class- Part 1 w/ Richard of Outdoor Adventure Club


The Self-Rescue Class should be taken by anyone who climbs outdoors, regardless of climbing skill or experience. 

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

• How to help a climber get past a section that is too difficult for them. 

• How to ascend a fixed rope

• How to rappel with an injured or incapacitated partner

• How to rappel past a knot

Learning how to get out of tough situations will also help you avoid getting into those situations in the first place.

This is the first day of our full 2 day self rescue class. On Day One you'll learn and use the tools and techniques needed to solve just about any problem you'll encounter on the rock. 

On Day 2 we use those skills in realistic scenarios. 

On Day One you'll learn a progression of skills, each building on the last. You'll learn how to belay and lower from above, using an ATC Guide, a GriGri and a Munter Hitch, 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. You'll learn how to ascend a fixed rope as well.

The class is all day (8:30-5:30)., and is very hands on. You will be tying all the knots. You will be setting up haul systems, you will be ascending and rapelling, and working on using the skills taught on both steep and low angled terrain. 

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: $150 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 $150, more than half off their two day class price.

Registration instructions:

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

the minimum number of attendees is 3 people for this class to take place

the maximum number of attendees is 6 for one instructor and 10 for 2 instructors. Thus when waiting list becomes long, the class may open for more attendees, 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:

Your personal climbing gear (harness, ATC, shoes, and helmets.)Let us know if you need any gear. The Outdoor Adventure Club can provide it for you.  If you have a GriGri or Cinch...bring it! We'll be using them. If you have a Reverso, ATC Guide or similar...bring it! We'll be using them, too!



Layers of clothing if it's cold

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 (or myself) is not liable or responsible for any injuries you may incur.

Questions? Suggestions?

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  • Richard B.

    Let me know if you have any questions about the material we're covering or the logistics for the class. Jennifer from the Outdoor Adventure Club should have sent you the class details as well as a class handout. Let me know if you haven't received those yet.

    January 23, 2014

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