Climbing Self-Rescue course with SMG

Nathaniel Chu
Trip date
Saturday, May 20th, 2017
Difficulty rating
1. Ropes skills, some working knowledge on knots like friction hitches and munter mule. There will be a TRS to refresh/learn these knots before the course

Gain confidence to get yourself out of trouble when the terrain turns vertical!

This is a two-day Self Rescue Course (rescue fallen leader, fallen second, hauling systems, load transfer, escaping a belay) taught by Synnott Mountain Guides in North Conway with instruction taking place at Cathedral/Whitehorse. Participants will be staying/camping at the Intervale Cabin in Intervale, NH.

Cost is $200 per person (eligible for leader subsidy for active climbing leaders, contact At least a 10-15% tip is often par for the course.

If you sign up for this trip, you are committing to attending the course that weekend and agree to pay the course fee in full within 48 hrs of the lottery. Those who do not pay within this time frame will be bumped from the trip and their spots will go to waitlisted individuals.

This is a really fun and beneficial course for anyone enjoying rock climbing outside, especially those interested in multipitch climbing and leading. This class will be primarily geared towards trad climbers aspiring to do multipitch, alpine climbing, or other applications where self-rescue is necessary. Participants should plan on heading up Friday night, or VERY early Saturday, and stay at the Intervale cabin both nights ($7 per person per night, $3.5 if only camping).

During the course you will learn various techniques, and break up into smaller groups to practice.

Techniques you'll learn: - Rescuing a fallen second - Rescuing a fallen leader - Escaping belay - Load Transfers - Rope Ascension - Passing a Knot - Hauling systems (3-to-1 and 5-to-1)

You must know how to tie the basic knots required for this course, and there will be TRS sessions to learn these knots before the course (knots: figure eight, figure either on a bite flat overhand, double fishermans, waterman, munter, munter mule, clove hitch, friction hitches). This course is highly recommended for anyone looking to join our climbing leaders program. Some materials will be provided ahead of the course. This course is not about trad gear and placements, learning how to lead, climbing technique, or building anchors.

Let me know if you have any questions!


first-come, first-serve
Maximum participants
Signups opened at
April 28, 2017, 11:17 a.m.
Signups closed at
May 16, 2017, 9 a.m.
  1. Are you definitely free on the indicated weekend? 2. Do you have a car? 3. How many passengers can you take? 4. What is your climbing/self-rescue experience? 5. If you were snowed in on a mountain for 3 weeks, would you rather have as your only source of entertainment Woody Nelson's greatest hits or Aldous Huxley's Brave New World?
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