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Self Rescue For Rock Climbers

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Self Rescue For Rock Climbers

$299per person
Intermediate 1 full day (8 hours) North Lake Tahoe, CA
Our certified rock guides developed this rock climbing safety course to help you know what to do in case of an emergency at the crag. You’re experienced, but what do you do when your leader falls and can’t get down on their own? This course includes technical systems review, including belaying off the anchor, belay escapes, and rope ascending/descending to ensure that you can get down when things go awry.
June 8
guided rock climbing in Lake Tahoe with professional mountain guides

So you know how to climb, maybe you are even proficient at lead climbing. Have you ever thought about what would happen if something goes wrong?

What if the climber you are belaying gets injured, and you are unable to lower them back to the ground? Simple accidents like this have been the beginning of many serious injuries and even fatalities. With some basic theory and techniques, you will have the tools needed to confront these problems in a calm, systematic manner. This one-day skills course will teach you how to use the equipment you already are carrying, to improvise rescue systems and get you and your team out of a jam. These are skills that every climber needs to address any scenario on the wall.

Skills covered:
• Technical systems review, including belaying off the anchor
• Belay escapes
• Rope ascending and descending
• Counter balance ascending and descending with an injured climber
• Raising systems, including 3:1 and 5:1
• Lowering systems with a knot pass


As a Tahoe guide company with countless expeditions to high-altitude peaks around the world over the last 15 years, we bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to our beloved “home mountain”. Our teaching and guiding philosophy has been honed from the flanks of the Himalayan giants to the technical peaks of Peru, and we are beyond excited to be able to bring our program to this fantastic mountain. In addition to our international expedition roots, we are accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), being one of the very few guide services in the region to hold such a high standard. Each of our guides is trained by the AMGA in the terrain in which they operate, and the program is supervised by internationally licensed IFMGA mountain guides. This high standard, along with our many years of experience, translates to a fantastic mountain adventure!

Alpenglow Expeditions operates under special use permit with the Tahoe, Eldorado, Inyo, Humboldt-Toiyable and Shasta-Trinity National Forests. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Guests should be familiar with technical rock climbing equipment and its basic uses.
Meet and Greet

Meet your guide and fellow classmates. Make introductions and set goals for the day.

8:45 AM – 12PM
Morning Skills Session

Rock protection overview and placement. Equalization principals. Anchor station and rope management.

12 – 12:30 PM
12:30 – 3:30 PM
Afternoon Skills Session

Belaying off the anchor vs. the harness. Edge safety. Anchoring with natural objects.

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