Skaha Improvised Rope Rescue & Traditional Protection Course

Student to Guide Ratio — 6:1

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Fri, May 18/18 - Mon, May 21/18 (4 days)

Fri, May 18/18 - Mon, May 21/18 (4 days)


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Introduction to Improvised Rope Rescue encompasses a skill set that becomes necessary when a leader or second falls and is injured, or when a second is unable to climb to a top anchor. Introduction to Traditional Rock Climbing teaches the fundamentals of placing traditional protection. It is designed for those who are confident lead climbing 5.6-7 sport rock and who want to progress to traditional rock climbs. It is also designed for scramblers who want to progress to alpine climbs. You will learn how to protect a lead climb and build anchors using removable protection.


Develop the building blocks of traditional protection and improvised rope rescue so that a climbing party is able to execute self rescue in basic sport and trad situations.

  • Confident with the single pitch lead climbing system including lowers and rappels.
  • Comfortable identify and placing SAFEST removable protection.
  • Comfortable constructing an IDEAL anchor using removable protection.
  • Comfortable with Fall Factor and the loads associated with climbing falls.
  • Understand the maximum loads that removable protection is designed to withstand.
  • Understand fixed protection including fixed removable gear, pitons, and bolts.
  • Perform mock leads of traditional routes and receive feedback on placements.
  • Confident tying off using the slippery overhand knot.
  • Comfortable using the “block and tackle” to escape from an irreversible system.
  • Comfortable setting up a direct haul system and adding mechanical advantage.
  • Comfortable lowering with a back up.
  • Comfortable setting up a counter balance rappel to rescue a victim below an anchor.
  • Perform a series of rescue scenarios while climbing.
  • Confident belaying a lead climber.
  • Confident leading single pitch 5.6-7 sport terrain.
  • Confident building simple climbing anchors off 2 bolts.
  • Confident top belaying a second from an anchor.
  • Confident threading an anchor for lowering off or rappelling.
  • Confident rappelling with a personal backup.
  • Confident tying the following knots: Figure 8, Rewoven Fig
  • Confident tying the following hitches: Clove, Prusik.

*Prerequisites are recommended for an optimum learning opportunity.

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