Rock Rescue

Rock Rescue training Course

Essential Skills for Partner Rescue

A must do for ALL climbers. Self-sufficiency, whether at your local crag or in the mountains, is essential for the you and your climbing partner. If you haven’t learned this stuff yet, don’t you think it’s time that you did? Learn from AMGA Certified Rock Guides and Durango’s most experienced rock and mountain guides. The following topics will be covered in the progression:

  • Belay Tie-Offs
  • Lowering Scenarios
  • Rope Ascension Methods
  • Rappelling with a Victim
  • Knot Passes
  • First Aid Considerations

Just a quick word to say thanks for all you did to make my past several days truly rewarding. – D. Mrozek

Rock rescue Itinerary


Day 1

Meet at our office at 0800 to finalize course paperwork. The group will then head to X-Rock to begin the day’s instruction. We’ll begin to cover the topics listed above. The day will finish by 1600.


Day 2

This day will be spent at East Animas climbing completing some mock scenarios to ensure that participants leave with a working understanding of a properly conducted rescue situation on multi-pitch rock climbs.

Rock Climbing Equipment List

  • Backpack
  • Appropriate clothing
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Food & snacks
  • Rain jacket
  • Climbing Helmet
  • Climbing Harness: with belay loop
  • Climbing shoes or approach shoes: in which you can climb up to 5.7
  • Assorted 24” and 48” runners: must have one 48” runner
  • 5 or more non-locking carabiners
  • 4 or more locking carabiners: the more, the better
  • Belay/rappel device: such as the “Reverso”, “ATC”, etc.
  • Cordelettes: 5m of 7mm Nylon Accessory Cord

Training & Follow Up Programs

As always, being in good physical shape is an important component of our our programs. A good mixture of cardiovascular fitness, muscular fitness, and especially core strength will help you to maximize the potential rewards that are possible on a great program.

1Before Your Trip

Participants should have previous rock climbing experience and should be able to top rope rock climbs at the 5.8 level. Participants should also be in good physical condition.

2Follow Up Programs

If and when I decide to tackle the big mountains I will call you guys for sure. I was very impressed with the guides and the service on my last class. Thanks again! – Chris N.

Durango, Colorado: Getting Here

Durango is located in the SW corner of Colorado, at the intersection of the sandstone towers of the desert, and the jagged, San Juan Mountains. A mecca for climbing, hiking, cycling, and foodies; make sure you plan to spend some time in town before and after your SJMG trip.


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Flights: The best option for flying to the area is to fly into Durango – La Plata County Airport. Multiple airline options exist, and most connections originate from Denver, Phoenix, or Dallas. The airport is a 20 minute drive from our office. Many hotels offer a free shuttle pickup. Buckhorn Limousine offers a shuttle as well.

Driving: Below are some approximate driving times if you’d like to drive to Durango. If you plan on renting a car, please consider the winter weather when selecting your vehicle and at a minimum choose something that offers either front wheel or all-wheel drive.

  • Denver, CO: 6 hours
  • Albuquerque, NM: 3 hours

Hotels: Durango has a number of great hotels, suites, and vacation rentals for you to stay in while you’re in the area. Give our office a call at 800-642-5389 if you have any questions about what would suite you best for this trip! Below are just a few options catering to different lodging styles and preferences.

Additional Information

  • Cost Includes:
  • Guides/ instructors
  • Group gear

  • Not Included:
  • Hotel costs before, during, or after the trips
  • 3% land use surcharge, trip cancellation insurance
  • Food
  • Guide gratuity

  • Registration and Cancellation:
  • You will need to fill out our Domestic Registration Form, cancellation policy agreement, and liability waiver, and send it to us with a 50% deposit as early as possible prior to the course date. Balance is due on the first day of the course. Please click on our Registration/Travel link to access the required forms.

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