Multi-pitch Climbing and Self Rescue

Climb Higher with Confidence!

This course is designed for established single-pitch leaders interested in stepping up to multi-pitch routes. It is primarily a ground-based course with instructional topics and demo/practice sessions. The overall focus is to impart intermediate to advanced risk management skills and introduce best practice techniques for multi-pitch climbing and improvised rescue.

Day 1

  • Welcome and introductions
  • Base etiquette and LNT (Leave No Trace)
  • Multi-pitch and rescue gear overview
  • Belay devices and methods for multi-pitch
  • Station/rope managements and transitions (swapping leaders)
  • Multi-pitch rappelling
  • Planning and packing for multi-pitch

Day 2

  • Toolbox approach to rescue and gear
  • Friction hitches and knots
  • The munter/mule/overhand
  • Lowers and raises
  • Tandem rappels
  • Avoiding accidents

 Recommended Experience/Prerequisites:

  • Completion of SMG’s Introduction to Trad
  • Already leading sport climbs or trad climbs – 20 outdoor leads
  • Experience belaying a leader
  • Can top rope up to 5.8

 Duration: 2 days

 Meeting Time: 9am

 Meeting Location: TBD

 What We Provide:

  • American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) certified and/or trained instructors, operating within industry accepted scope of practice. SMG is an accredited guide service.
  • Recently revamped curriculum to reflect best practices for managing risk in recreational climbing
  • If needed, SMG can provide all necessary equipment. See the equipment list for recommended gear for each instructional program.

 What You Need:

  • Please review the equipment list and stay in touch with any questions.
  • Closed toe hiking shoes. Please no sandals or flip flops.
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Lodging or camping arrangements for programs at City of Rocks

Ratio: 4:1

 Rates: $450/person (based on 3 person minimum)


  • Location TBD: Saturday & Sunday, September 21-22, 2024
  • Location TBD: Saturday & Sunday, October 12-13, 2024