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Small Party Rescue

Small Party Rescue provides scenario based training on how to rescue a fallen or injured climber with two or more rescuers.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers course.

this course must be taken in conjunction with a core course: leading on trad OR intermediate glacier travel. when applying you will indicate which course you will be taking. You will only be accepted to 1 core course

Registration CLOSED!

Applications for Foothills Intermediate is now closed. All spots and waitlisted positions will be given to those that have applied

Application Submissions: November 13 - November 20, 2020

Application Results Published: Dec 4, 2020

Cancellation: Refund minus $10 by January 19, 2021

Course description

Small Party Rescue is the first of a series of courses that will teach you skills to continue your exploration of our great outdoors. Please note, this is a required prerequisite before taking Leading on Trad and Intermediate Glacier Travel. 

The objective of this course is to teach basic skills to participate in the rescue of a fellow climber in the event of an accident. A skills day will be followed by two scenario days. The skills taught in this course are situation dependent and scenarios will require critical thinking to solve. This course is not intended to teach methods to perform a solo rescue of your partner while climbing in a team of two (see Self-Rescue).

Curriculum covered

  • Rescue organization
  • Group and terrain management
  • Basic safety principles
  • Methods of descent control
  • Load transfers using releasable hitches
  • Mechanical advantage systems

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Additional badges needed to graduate


Required Equipment

Equipment typical of an Alpine climb, including, but not limited to:

  • Backpacks
  • Harnesses
  • Helmets
  • Single Slings x 2
  • Double Slings x 2
  • Locking Carabiners x 6
  • Large Pearbiner x 1
  • Non Locking Carabiners x 8
  • Cordalette x 2 (6 mm Nylon recommended, 5.5 spectra accepted)
  • Hero Loop x 2
  • Guide Style Belay Device
  • Prusik Minding Pulley (1 required, 2 recommended)
  • Rain Gear
  • Insulation
  • 10 Essentials
Course Materials

There are no materials for this course.