limbing and canyoneering are dangerous. Accidents happen. We hear about them all of the time, yet too few of us have the skills to save our partners let alone ourselves. Pretty scary.

Courses are held at a variety of locations - Fall, Winter and Spring courses are held mainly in Scottsdale, Queen Creek, Tucson and Prescott. We also have three and four-day Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced (Lead) Climbing Camp in Joshua Tree N.P. which also covers Self-Rescue. This course will help prepare you to handle such emergencies. It is taught from a climber's perspective - offering practical solutions to real situations, involving the kind of gear you probably already carry. While we hope that you will never have to use these skills, we are certain that the knowledge gained will make you a safer climber (and better climbing partner). Happily, many of these skills are transferable to aid climbing, canyoneering and mountaineering. We offer this instruction in a very thorough two-day course or for the occasional climber a one-day condensed course (covering the fundamentals).

• Belay Escapes:
We will focus on the "foundation" skills of vertical self rescue. We will start with friction knots and then put them to use as we learn how to escape a belay and ascend / descend fixed ropes.

• Rappel Rescue:
In this course, we will learn how to swoop down on an injured climber, attach them to our system and lower them to the ground. We'll also learn how to execute counterweight and two person rappel rescues.

• Hauling Techniques:
  An in depth exploration of hauling systems including 2:1, 3:1, 5:1, and 6:1's.  We'll go from a belay escape to a hauling system and back again.

• Rescuing an injured leader:
Perhaps the most serious rescue is that of an injured leader who is more than half a rope length from the belay. .

This is an advanced level 2-day course intended for those who are leading outdoors. Self-rescue requires the very highest level of technical skills. Climbers taking this course should have a good understanding of belaying, rappelling, and placement of traditional gear anchors.

Difficulty & Prerequisites:
The participant must be a competent belayer and have basic climbing skills as a minimum requirement.

If you have the opportunity please prepare yourself by knowing how to tie a figure eight follow through, figure on a bight, clove hitch, prussic hitch, munter hitch and a blocking knot to tie off munter hitches. We will review all of these knots during the course.

• Prior climbing experience is necessary.
• Our Intermediate and/or Rappelling and Anchors course or equivalent.
• Beginner I & II Rock Climbing Course or equivalent.
• You'll get the most from this class if you have good protection placement and anchor building skills.
• You should have a solid understanding of basic knots, anchoring, belaying, and rappelling.

Basic Tools for Self Rescue,
Day 1

Friction Hitches
1. Prussic
2. Klemheist
3. Auto Block
4. Practice

Munter and Munter Mule
1. Mule backups
2. Practice

Mule Knots
1. Out in Front ATC
2. On Spine with ATC
3. Backups
4. Practice

Releasable Lowering systems
Tail of rope
1. Backup with drop through
2. Standard backup

Mariners Knot
1. Double sling
2. Cord

1. Belay positioning
2. Extended

Belay Escapes
1. ATC belay
2. Redirect
3. Waist/hip Belay
4. Gunk's Belay
5. Practice each

Simple Haul systems
1. Assisted 3:1
2. Unassisted 3:1
3. 5:1 Redirected
4. Practice

Self Rescue Course, Day 2
Perquisites - Review

1. Friction Hitches
2. Belay Escapes
3. Hauls
4. Spider Rappel and backups
5. Rope Ascension
6. Practice

Lowers and Knot Passes
1. Knot Pass on Lower
2. Knot pass on Rappel
3. Knot pass on Raise
4. Emergency Knot Pass on Rappel
5. Practice

Full Scenario (second rescue)
1. Belay Escape
2. Backup and Rappel
3. Stabilize Victim
4. Re-Ascend rope
5. Rig for Counterbalance Rappel
6. Execute Counterbalance
7. Establish Anchor
8. Transfer Victim (releasable)
9. Tie In
10. Retrive Ropes
11. Reset Rappels
12. Practice


..$465.00* per person (2-Day Course)
..$355.00* per person (1-Day Condensed Course)


..Class Size
.Two to three

..Discounts .
REI Members $10 Off / Bring-A-Friend $40 Off

..16 and Up

..Included (rock shoes, crash pad, etc.) except daypack

..Scottsdale (Oct. - May) / Prescott (May - Oct.)
..Tucson (Feb. - Nov.) click here
..Joshua Tree (Jan. - May & Sept. - Dec.) click here

..6:00 am - Summer / 8:30 am - Fall /Winter/Spring/Summer

..Written Test

..Beginner climbing skills

..Course Info .
Pre-Course Info & Testing Materials will be emailed
..to participant upon course sign-up

...recommended reading for the course above:
Self-Rescue (How To Climb Series) by John Long

Note: Discounts only apply to scheduled dates above

Private half and full day courses on non-scheduled dates is an additional $45 per person per day.

To sign up for a course call or email us to check availability. If a course is open click on the On-line Application Form or go to our application and map (meeting point) site, print out both the Application (PDF), Map and Waiver. Fill out the application and fax or mail it to us (don't fax the waiver, just bring it the day of your course).

Note: September thru April Lead Rock Climbing courses start at 7:30 a.m. at the designated pick-up point. Call us the day before your course starts to verify. Bring your own snacks, lunch, water, sunblock and wear appropriate clothing. Camera (disposable), writing pad and pen are recommended.

Although we spare no effort to assure a safe program, we can assume no responsibility for your safety or loss of personal equipment. In a sport of this nature an element of risk is inherent and beyond human control. A signed release (waiver) will be required of all participants. A parent or guardian release is required for students under the age of 18. These can be obtained in advance by contacting our office or downloading from our website.

Our select staff are certified outdoor guides and have received extensive training from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Outward Bound Wilderness (OBW). the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI), Climb Smart! and Leave No Trace (LNT) or are members and partners of the American Alpine Club, Arizona Mountain Group Association, American Safe Climbing Association and Access Fund. They follow strict procedural guidelines and safety protocols set by these institutes and by the Arizona Climbing and Adventure School (ACAS).

Arizona Climbing and Adventure School is a unique opportunity for individuals to experience the spirit, courage and exploration of the Southwest. It is an initiation into the unexpected, a chance to accomplish something very exciting and to discover strengths you never knew you had. Additionally, the Arizona Climbing and Adventure School provides education in wilderness skills and working effectively with others.

To achieve a high learning curve among our students we keep our groups small in size. We consider the impact on the safety and flexibility of the group above all. Everyone knows that large groups and large student-to-instructor ratios are what make money for a guide service. But we feel that groups and ratios compromise the safety, enjoyment and success of individual participants. Better for you and better for us.

Having smaller groups also means you receive more attention and guidance from our professionals when you need it the most.

The skills you must learn in order to safely and ecologically negotiate the terrain, climate and altitude in which our courses are offered include:

• safety skills for travel through rigorous terrain.

• how to pack a backpack.

• physical fitness

• competence with map and compass, gps, route selection, navigation.

• rope use and knot tying, bowline, water knot, square knot, clove hitch, half hitch, figure eight

• basic first aid so that every student can handle reasonable emergencies and recognizes and aid in treating illness related to altitude, hypothermia, fatigue.

• rescue preparedness

• rock climbing, belaying, backpacking, canyoneering, rappelling, anchors.

• campcraft including minimum impact camping, ecological considerations, wilderness cooking, food selection and nutrition.

• water purification, hygiene and sanitation.

• care of equipment, ropes, clothing, packs, etc.

• environmental stewardship and Leave No Trace (LNT) techniques.

• safety from storms, flash floods and lightning.