Three pitches up, the leader is thirty meters out on a fifty-meter rope. They fall and are caught on a good piece of gear out of your view. You yell! No response. Do you know what to do? Could you deal with the technical aspects of a complex rope rescue? Be safe, be secure and be self-sufficient on your climbs with professional instruction and training. Learn the basics of self and partner rescue on rock. Our rock climbing rescue course will give you these tools so that you can be more confident in dealing with an emergency situation in a rock climbing environment.
Our advanced rock climbing self-rescue course is designed to introduce or refresh the skills of Rock Rescue and will allow you an opportunity to practice these skills in a controlled environment. This is a must-have technical climbing course for any active rock climber or alpine climber.
Day 1: 8:00 am At Yamnuska Office then move to a local climbing area
- Welcome, introduction, goals, and agenda
- Review of hazard evaluation and risk management in the single-pitch setting
- Review climbing equipment fit and strengths/weaknesses
- Discuss the minimum required equipment for rescue in the single-pitch setting
- Managing anchors for rescue systems – single pitch
- Escaping the belay system and transferring the load onto an anchor
- Ascending the rope
- Rappelling with an injured climber
- Single pitch scenario to practice skills learned
Day 2: At a local climbing area
- Review of hazard evaluation and risk management in the multi-pitch setting
- Discuss minimum required equipment for rescue in the multi-pitch setting
- Managing anchors for rescue systems – multi-pitch
- Escaping the belay system and transferring the load onto an anchor
- Raising and lowering systems
- Multi-pitch scenario to practice skills learned
Meeting Time and Place
The course begins at the Yamnuska office at 8:00 am on the first day. The Yamnuska office is located at 200, 50 Lincoln Park. See this map for location.
Instructors and Group Size
Enthusiastic and extremely talented, your instructors hold climbing certification from the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. Your safety and enjoyment are paramount to them. There will be a maximum of 12 students (guide to guest ratio 1:6). The minimum group size is 3.
Transportation while on the program is not included. We rely on guests’ personal vehicles to reach program locations. Canmore is a 1-hour drive west of Calgary.
Please note that program venues may be within National Parks and/or Kananaskis Country. For programs where transportation is not provided by Yamnuska/Canadian Rockies Hiking by Yamnuska, guests will be required to purchase their own pass.
National Park passes are available both online at https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/voyage-travel/admission and in-person at National park gates and some information centres.
Kananaskis Country conservation passes are available online at https://www.alberta.ca/kananaskis-conservation-pass.aspx
Accommodation & Meals
Accommodation in Canmore is not included. A variety of accommodation options exist in both Canmore and Banff, including campsites, hostels, all levels of hotels as well as condo-style accommodation with kitchens or suites. We recommend that you book your own pre and post-trip accommodations well in advance as all levels of accommodations in the Bow Valley fill quickly.
Food is not supplied. You will need lunch and something to drink. Bring plenty to drink and lunch plus energy snacks.
Equipment and Clothing
What you need to bring:
- Harness, whatever you use
- Rock shoes or climbing boots
- Long prussic (7mm diameter, 5 m in length)
- 1 short prussic (7mm x 1.5m)
- 1 Double length shoulder sling (sewn 120 cm)
- 2 munter carabiner
- 2 locking carabiners
- 4 non-locking carabiners (same shape & size)
- Belay device
If you own feel free to bring:
- Rescue gear (tibloc, ropeman or ascenders)
- Traditional rock protection (one rack of mixed gear per two people)
Yamnuska will supply ropes and specialty gear for the session.
- Clothing appropriate for the day
- Lunch and drink
- Camera for photographing systems (optional)
Please book as early as practical to avoid disappointment. We require full payment on booking.
Please familiarize yourself with our detailed booking instructions and conditions.
Risk is an inherent part of all mountain activities. We strive to manage and reduce it however, it is impossible to totally eliminate. Learn more about our safety and risk management approach here. Please note that you will be required to sign our waiver before commencing the program. Please view our sample waiver copy.
There are two basic types of insurance that most travellers need to consider: Medical and Cancellation/Trip Interruption Insurance. We offer our guests coverage for both and highly recommend you purchase it.
Emergency Medical Expenses Insurance:
It is wise to ensure that your health plan will cover you in case of illness or accident during your trip. Obtain extra coverage if necessary. There is no charge for rescue in the national and provincial parks, however, costs such as air or ground transportation, long-term care, and other services are not covered.
Cancellation/Trip Interruption Insurance:
We recognize that our guests’ schedules may change for many reasons; business, family, flight delays, injuries, and other unplanned events. For these eventualities, Trip Cancellation/Interruption insurance is a great way to protect your investment.
For all your travel insurance requirements we recommend the Simpson Group. This agency offers a wide range of travel insurance options including Trip Cancellation/Interruption, Travel Medical, and Personal Effect Loss for Canadian Travelers.
Please note that this coverage is for Canadian residents only. For guests who are not from Canada and who are interested in the ‘Visitors to Canada’ insurance package please contact the Simpson Group directly at JSimpson@simpson-group.com and reference your Yamnuska Mountain Adventure trip.
$435 CDN per person includes instruction, rescue equipment, and the use of group climbing gear. Price does not include GST, personal climbing gear, accommodation, meals, or transportation.
Gratuities not included.
Trip Cancellation Insurance is available through the Simpson Group.
Please note you will be required to sign the Yamnuska Release of Liability, and Waiver of Claims prior to commencing the program. Please review the sample waiver prior to booking and call us with any questions.
Is it for you?
The participant must be a competent belayer and have basic climbing skills as a minimum requirement.
If you have the opportunity please prepare yourself by knowing how to tie a figure eight follow through, figure 8 on a bight, clove hitch, prussic hitch, munter hitch and a blocking knot to tie off munter hitches. We will review all of these knots during the course.