VCC Self-Rescue Course – 3 spots available

Mt Arapiles 25 Jun 2016 — 26 Jun 2016

Rescue Instructor Andrew Clark hanging out in the shelter.

There are 3 places available on this weekend’s course for any VCC members who are interested.

Climb long enough and at one point or another getting stuck in a jam high up off the ground is inevitable: stuck ropes, a crucial piece of gear missing in action, wandering off-route into dicey terrain, or an injury that leaves a climber in need of help. This course is designed to help you deal with these types of situations. This is a very intensive ‘hands-on’ course with a ratio of one instructor per 3 participants.

VCC Self Rescue Course



Prerequisites – all participants must be:

  • VCC members
  • Lead climbers or competent seconds
  • Able to demonstrate competency in tying figure-of-eight bight and bend, water knot, double fisherman’s and clove hitch.

Checking out the view on a VCC Self Rescue Course.


The course runs over 2 days and the following techniques will be covered (if time allows):

  • Basics
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Rescue Knots such as Munter Hitch, Mule Hitch, Prusik Hitch, Autoblock, Klemheist, Bachmann, Garda and Mariner’s Hitches
  • Escaping the (belay) system
  • Belaying off the body and belaying off the anchor

    Liz says: “I’m happy with my knots”
  • Raising the second
  • Simple assisted hoist
  • Descending & ascending (abseiling & prusiking) past knots
  • Raising the injured
  • Second pulley systems
  • Makeshift chest harness
  • Assisted abseil
  • Ascending to a hurt leader (anchoring, prusik, solo, rope solo).

Please contact the Trip Organiser, Michael, to register your interest. Places are very limited.

Contact: Michael O'Reilly