Rescue Courses

Granite Arches offers an unparalleled progression of rescue courses for everyone--from the weekend warrior sport climber to the hardened expert trad climber.  Prepare to make large gains in  your rescue proficiency.

SPI Skills Demonstration

Transition from Belayed Rappel to Hauling

Rescue I


Active climber

Course Description:

What do you do when you are cragging and the lead climber you are belaying falls, gets hurt, but there is not enough rope to lower him/her to the ground?  What do you do when you are multi-pitch climbing and your second cannot climb a difficult sequence?  What do you do on a belay ledge 300 feet off of the ground with four climbing friends when a large electric storm develops rapidly overhead?  Learning self-rescue skills is an absolute must for climbing guides, and any recreational climber worth their weight in chalk will be well versed in these techniques as well.  The Granite Arches Rescue I course will cover

  • when and how to escape belays from above and below
  • when and how to use 3, 5, and 7:1 hauling systems
  • when and how to lower using various systems including knot passes
  • when and how to use second and leader rescue skills
  • when and how to utilize pick-offs, shoulder harnesses and leader rescue.
Course Length:

2 -3 days, longer courses more thorough


Transition from Redirected Lower to Hauling System

Rescue II


Rescue I course or equivalent experience

Course Description:

For the climber that possesses the rescue skills requisite to the Rescue I course, Rescue II will provide a chance to integrate the planning and execution of rescues in various common situations.  Emphasis will be placed on situation analysis leading to an efficient rescue plan, as well as the execution of rescue techniques.

Course Length:

2 days, with longer add-on courses more thorough.