Introduction to Self-Rescue

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Hey Fellow NC Climbers, are you interested in pursuing larger climbs in more remote settings? Do you know how to get you and your partner efficiently and safely off the mountain when a minor lead accident occurs? How often do you find yourself acting as the group leader? Answering yes to any of these may be why a self-rescue course with NC Outdoor Adventures is right for you.

We understand that self-rescue may seem complex, and many people believe "accidents" will never happen to them. Dave Webber, a wilderness EMT and Mountain Ranger on Denali states, “Remaining silent and hoping that events go in your favor is a horrible risk mitigation strategy”.

The NCOA self-rescue course in the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC is taught the same way our private days are. We will start with a one-on-one conversation well before we reach the cliff and determine your climbing styles, future goals, areas to focus on, and learning styles. Then, we will custom plan a day of fun, and easy to understand, self-rescue drills. You never know, these skills maybe what gets you out of a “rock and a hard spot”!

Who is this for? We can customize this course for any skill level, however, we recommend groups be at or near the same skill level. For those who are 13+ years old.

Trip Length: Full day trip

2021 Dates: May 1st, June 12, June 13th, July 10, and September 19th.
With two or more students we can provide custom dates. Just reach out by using the contact us button below.

Location: Unless requested, this course takes place at Table Rock, North Carolina. Any of the following locations can be requested at no additional cost. Request must be made two weeks prior to the course date. Crowders Mountain State Park, Pilot Mountain State Park, Stone Mountain State Park, Moore's Wall, Rumbling Bald, and Big Rock.


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Cost for Full Day
1 $225
2 $165 Each
3 $130 Each
4 $100 Each


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Overview of self-rescue topics we can cover:  

  • Scene assessment

  • Choosing the best course of action
  • Leader rescue
  • Second rescue
  • Multi-pitch rescue
  • Rope ascension
  • Anchor assessment
  • Counter balance rappel
  • Tandem rappel 
  • Passing a knot
  • Load transfers
  • Belay escapes
  • Belay transfers
  • Improvised hauling systems

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Our mission is to offer comprehensive yet simple instruction that instills confidence and self-reliance into every climber we work with. Our education philosophy revolves around teaching three concepts, Actions (Belay, ascend, descend), Tools (transition techniques, rescue techniques, lead techniques), and Applications (terrain, experience, and environmental considerations) through three simple questions: “what to do”, “how to do it” and “when to do it”. Our guides are professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and passionate about providing services to their community; and, through our work we support climbing access by donating 5% of our profits every year to the Carolina Climbers Coalition.

We offer:

  • The best student to instructor ratio in North Carolina; a ratio of 4:1
  • Comprehensive yet simple to understand instruction
  • The most competitively priced courses with the best paid guides in the industry
  • Continued support to all course alumni
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1173 Whitson Branch Rd.
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Phone: (828) 260-4505
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