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 or experience. The material covered will help you climb more safely, and more efficiently. The information is very practical- it's not just to save your butt in case of trouble!

 Participants should be familiar with basic anchoring techniques, and comfortable belaying and rappelling.

In this  all day, very hands on class, you'll learn and practice:

• Belaying from above (the modern, proper way), including using an ATC Guide, GriGri and Munter Hitch

• How to tie off a Munter Hitch with a Munter Mule Overhand (MMO)

• How to tie off an ATC

• Several friction hitches (prussik, autoblock, klemheist)

• Setting up a 3:1 haul system

• Setting up a 2:1 haul system

• Setting up a 2:1 on a 3: haul system

• Using a vector pull to help a partner past a difficult move

• How to ascend a fixed rope

• How to get hands free while belaying and rappelling

• How to escape the belay

• Rappelling with an incapacitated partner

• Counter balance ascent and lower

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.

Meet your instructor:

Richard Bothwell, CFO (Chief Fun Officer),  Guide, Program Director and Owner of Outdoor Adventure Club, will be teaching this all day, hands-on class. Richard is certified by the AMGA as a Single Pitch Instructor and has been teaching climbing classes for over 18 years. He is also a backcountry snowboard guide, and AIARE avalanche educator. He's climbed 4 of the "7 summits", climbed extensively in Peru,  as well as as well as hundreds of routes in California. Teaching outdoor skills is what he does for a living, and he is passionate about teaching and making sure you're learning the material. You're in good hands!

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 (8:30-6:30). 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:

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 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:

Your personal climbing gear: harness, belay device, shoes, and helmet. If you have a GriGri and/or an ATC Guide or Reverso, bring 'em...we'll be using them a lot!



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? You can get in touch with Richard directly at [masked]

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  • Brian

    Thanks again Richard! This class was excellent!

    1 · July 28, 2014

  • Richard B.

    And I've rallied a few other people from outside the Meetup to take the class, so we have enough people to make it happen. Looking forward to it.

    1 · July 25, 2014

  • Brian

    Hi Richard, wanted to confirm the time. The meetup says 8:30 but the email from Jennifer says 9:00.

    July 23, 2014

    • Richard B.

      Hey Brian. The start time should be 8:30. We'll be covering a ton of material, and we'll want to have a full day to spend on it.

      July 24, 2014

  • Michael S.

    I took this class from Richard and I highly recommend it. It's definitely worth the price. Richard has a relaxed and easy style and really knows the material.

    July 23, 2014

  • Michael D.

    We understand things come up and we cannot make GYCO meet ups. But at same time we must be mindful that Richard's great classes are also his bread and butter so please be 150% sure you can attend his class and be able to afford it as well. HE offers GYCO a competitive rate so we are grateful for his work and services. Ask around GYCO. Many have learned how to set up basic anchors or taken his self rescue class. They will tell you how safe and dynamic Richard is. His classes could save your life. Thank you.

    July 22, 2014

  • Phil

    Have to drop out too unfortunately.

    July 22, 2014

  • robertiw

    Sorry to drop out, I didn't realize the time and $$$ commitment for this one!

    July 22, 2014

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