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Self Rescue Class- Part 2 -"scenarios"­ 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, Guide and Owner of Outdoor Adventure Club, will prepare you to deal with common situations found in outdoor climbing.

Part 2 of this class applies the techniques and skills learned in Part 1 in real-world situations. 

In Part 1 you learned how to tie a Munter Mule Overhand, you learned how to build a haul system, and how to rappel with an incapacitated partner. 

In Part 2 you'll be climbing and problems will be introduced.  You may be belaying at the top of an overhanging pitch, when your partner falls, and ends up freehanging. You and your partner will have to manage that situation.  You may have to rappel several pitches (shortened pitches) to the ground, with a partner who can't use his/her hands...or can't use his/her legs, or is totally unresponsive. You may be faced with your leader falling, ending up below you, and unresponsive. You'll have to manage that. Maybe he fell with 30 feet of rope out. Maybe he fell with 150 feet of rope out. How will you manage each situation?

We'll start the day with a review and Q & A session, to make sure everyone is up to speed with the material covered in Part 1, then we'll dive into the scenarios. 

One technique that will be introduced that is not covered in Part 1 is rope soloing. 

Your instructor will be there to serving several purposes:

*To present scenarios

*To critique your techniques and processes, giving you the confidence to know you're doing it right

*To manage your safety. These scenarios require you and/or your partner to be on technical, rock climbing terrain. These systems can be confusing, especially while you're learning them, or practicing them for the first few times.  You don't want to discover you didn't tie a PMMO correctly by dropping your partner to the ground. Looking over your shoulder and managing your safety is why your instructor is there, and a large part of the value in the class.

The class is all day (8:30-5:30)., and is very hands on. 

Cost: $175 per person

Maximum class size: 4 students

This class is almost entirely "on belay", so we are keeping the group size small to better manage the safety of everyone in the class, as well as to provide a higher quality learning experience.

The class is being offered and taught by the guides of the Outdoor Adventure Club. The Outdoor Adventure typcially only offers this class as  two consecutive days. The Outdoor Adventure Club is offering GYCO Meetup members an opportunity to break the class up and take each part separately.

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 2 people for this class to take place

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


Self Rescue Part 1. 

It's possible to take Part 2 without taking Part 1, but you'll need to have a working knowledge of belaying from above directly off the anchor, belaying with a Munter Hitch, using friction hitches, setting up haul systems, tying a Munter Mule Overhand(MMO) and Prussik Munter Mule Overhand (PMMO). Getting hands free while belaying and rapelling, escaping a belay, Rappelling using a rescue spider.  We'll be able to do some review of these concepts, but we aren't going to be teaching them. If you have any questions about whether you should take Part 1 or Part 2, please contact Richard, at [masked]

What to bring:

What to bring, where to meet, and other logistical information will be provided with your confirmed reservation in the 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.

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