Rock Rescue Course

Rock Rescue Skills are essential for any rock climber who ventures into multi-pitch terrain! High angle rock rescue skills are the focus of this extensive course. Learn the skills to help yourself, your partner or an adjacent party halfway up a multi-pitch route.This rock rescue course is designed to give climbers the skills to carry out simple rock rescues in single and multi-pitch terrain. Primarily focusing on the art of technical descents, lowers and raise systems.

Course curriculum

  • 01

    Welcome to Rock Rescue

  • 02

    Lowering Techniques

    • How to Lower from the Top of a Pitch

    • Test Yourself

  • 03


    • Hauling or Assisting a Follower

    • Test Yourself

  • 04

    Escape the Belay

    • How to Escape the Belay

    • Test Yourself

  • 05

    Counterbalance Rappel + Counterbalance Lower

    • How to Rescue an unconscious/injured follower

    • Test Yourself

  • 06

    Knot Pass

    • How to Pass a Knot While Lowering

    • Test Yourself

  • 07

    Rope Ascending

    • How to Ascend a Rope

    • Test Yourself

  • 08

    Wrap Up

    • Wrap Up

    • Final Quiz

    • Quick Reference

    • We appreciate your feedback!


Raised on a guest ranch in the Colorado Rockies, Tucker has spent his entire life leading people efficiently and safely through the mountains. While his early years were spent on horseback and snowmobile, he was introduced to rock climbing in his early twenties and has never looked back. He moved to Squamish with his family in pursuit of earning his ACMG Rock Guide certification and now dedicates himself to ensuring clients have the best possible experience on Squamish's magnificent granite. While he is constantly researching and staying on top of the newest rock climbing equipment, systems and gear, his client testimonies indicate Tucker is most passionate about helping people have an incredible time in the mountains. When he’s not guiding, Tucker can likely be found ski touring with his young daughter in the Coast Mountain backcountry or sipping whiskey on alpine peaks with friends. @tuckeroderick

Tucker Roderick

ACMG apprentice alpine guide, Avalanche instructor