Introduction to Self-Rescue

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Are you interested in pursuing larger climbs in more remote settings? Do you know how to get you and your partner efficiently and safely off the mountain when a minor lead accident occurs? How often do you find yourself acting as the group leader? Answering yes to any of these may be reason, why a self-rescue course is right for you.

We understand that self-rescue may seem complex, and many people believe "accidents" will never happen to them. Dave Webber, a wilderness EMT and Mountain Ranger on Denali states, “Remaining silent and hoping that events go in your favor is a horrible risk mitigation strategy”.

Our self-rescue course is taught the same way our private days are. We will start with a one-on-one conversation well before we reach the cliff and determine your climbing styles, future goals, areas to focus on, and learning styles. Then, we will custom plan a day of fun, and easy to understand, self-rescue drills. You never know, these skills maybe what gets you out of a “rock and a hard spot”!

Who is this for? We can customize this course for any skill level however, we recommend groups be at or near the same skill level.

Trip Length: We can do a half day to a full week, We Recommend 2 days for multi-pitch and leader rescue topics

2020 Dates: April 18th and July 18th. The Carolina Climbers Coalition fund-raiser event will take place late fall, date TBA.

Want more dates? With two or more students we can provide custom dates. Just reach out by using the contact us button below.

Climbing areas include: Crowders, Pilot and Stone Mountain State Parks, Rocky Face Recreational Area, Rumbling Bald, various areas in Pisgah National Forest including Linville Gorge, Table Rock, Snakes Den and Big Ivy all in NC. We also occasionally guide at Big Rock, climbing areas near Table Rock SC.


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Cost of
One Day Course
1 $220
2 $160 Each
3 $140 Each
4 $120 Each

Overview of self-rescue topics we can cover:  

  • Scene assessment

  • Choosing the best course of action
  • Leader rescue
  • Second rescue
  • Multi-pitch rescue
  • Rope ascension
  • Anchor assessment
  • Counter balance rappel
  • Tandem rappel 
  • Passing a knot
  • Load transfers
  • Belay escapes
  • Belay transfers
  • Improvised hauling systems

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Our mission is to offer comprehensive yet simple instruction that instills confidence and self-reliance into every climber we work with. Our education philosophy revolves around teaching three concepts, Actions (Belay, ascend, descend), Tools (transition techniques, rescue techniques, lead techniques), and Applications (terrain, experience, and environmental considerations) through three simple questions: “what to do”, “how to do it” and “when to do it”. Our guides are professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and passionate about providing services to their community; and, through our work we support climbing access by donating 5% of our profits every year to the Carolina Climbers Coalition.

We offer:

  • The best student to instructor ratio in North Carolina; a ratio of 4:1
  • Comprehensive yet simple to understand instruction
  • The most competitively priced courses with the best paid guides in the industry
  • Continued support to all course alumni

NC Outdoor Adventures,
1173 Whitson Branch Rd.
Bakersville NC 28705
Phone: (828) 260-4505
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