Climber Self Rescue

Ratio:up to 4:1
Length:1 day

Prices are per-person, per day
1 climber    $435
2 climbers  $235
3 climbers  $175
4 climbers  $140

Dates:Custom, private dates are available year-round
Season:Spring, Summer and Fall

A problem as simple as dropping your belay device can turn a good day at the crag, into a long day. What will you do if your ropes get stuck during a rappel? What if your partner can’t pull through the crux when you’re already several pitches up a route?

Our climber self rescue clinic is designed to teach the skills to help you and your partner deal with the unexpected during a climb. Accidents can happen in the mountains and self-sufficiency is critical to confidence during outdoor adventures – particularly when professional rescue may not be able to get to you for hours or even longer during inclement weather. This course is designed to give you the baseline rescue skills and techniques that every climber should master before they enter into committing climbing terrain.

Our guides tailor their instruction to your level of experience, and their goal is to build your confidence with critical skills and techniques to more safely retreat in the event of dangerous weather, or simply because a climb is taking longer than you thought and finishing isn’t an option.

You’ll train in the following skills:

  • Escaping a belay by securing your climbing partner to an independent anchor
  • Ascending ropes
  • Creating mechanical advantage systems using your climbing rope
  • Lowering a climber with a secure back-up
  • Improvised belaying-techniques
  • Which gear to ALWAYS have on your harness and how to improvise with it
  • Which gear NOT to use and why
  • Decision-making in the vertical environment

Specific techniques that you’ll learn:

  • Friction hitches for multiple applications
  • Rappel back-ups
  • Multi-person rappels
  • 3:1, 5:1, and 6:1 Hauling systems
  • Rescue spiders and patient care
  • Anchor transitions

Climber self-rescue courses can be taught in any of our climbing venues, including Portland-area climbing areas like Broughton’s Bluff and Beacon Rock, as well as great Bend, Oregon crags including Smith Rock State Park and Cougar Cliff.

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Interested in a trip? Call us today to get started on your trip reservation. We will take the time to place you on the expedition that is a fit for you.

(541) 633-7450

"Ben from Smith Rock Climbing is awesome. Was impressed at how great he was with our kids, creating an amazing first climbing experience for them."

Rory D.
Seattle, WA

"We did a family climbing trip to Smith Rock State Park with this outfit and had a fantastic time. Aaron was our guide and was incredibly patient, encouraging, and skilled with us and our three kids ages 12, 10, & 8. All the equipment was provided and we felt very safe. It was a very positive experience for us and we enjoyed a great day at the crags. Don't miss a chance to climb this spectacular park. Well worth it !"

Alfie C.
Portland, OR

"I have climbed twice with them at Smith Rock, and both times have been outstanding. Cliff is a great guide and a blast to spend a day with. I highly recommend them to anyone looking to climb out there, or on Hood."

Eric S.
Portland, OR

Know Before You Go


Climbers should have some multipitch climbing experience prior to joining this clinic.

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