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Rappelling Setups & Techniques

Instructional Rock Course Menu
- Rock Climbing Home Page
Rock Climbing Anchors 101 & 201
Rappelling Setups & Techniques
Intro to Sport Climbing
Top Managed Belay Site Setups
Intro to Traditional (“Trad”) Climbing
Single Pitch Self Rescue

Rappelling is an important skill to learn in becoming a well rounded climber. Rappelling is often required for Sport and Trad climbing in order to descend from a climb. Rappelling may also be the only or more prudent means to access the bottom of a cliff to start a climbing route.

The course itinerary dissects the intricacies of rappelling into clear topics. The day will consist of a mix of ground school and vertical school. The Instructor will conduct global demonstrations and the climbers will in turn apply the skills and techniques. The goal is for you to gain confidence in setting up a rappel line and rappelling down the line using the skills and techniques reviewed in detail throughout the course.



Course Length: 1 Day | 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Course Size: 1:6 guide to client ratio course with a maximum of 6 clients

Pricing: $115

  • 4 climbers required to run the course. However, if there are less than 4 climbers, we can run the course under the below pricing schedule. The advantage is more personal time with the instructor. Since we understand that the increase in cost can be a barrier, refunds and rescheduling options are available for climbers who do not want to take the course with less than 4 climbers.

- 3 climber – $145/climber

       – 2 climbers – $175/climber

- 1 climber – $275

Instructor: Instructed by a certified American Mountain Guides Association Single Pitch Instructor

Topics Covered:

  • Rope management
  • Coiling & throwing a rappel line
  • Rappel Anchor Setups
  • Review of different rappel devices
  • Single and double rope rappel scenarios
  • Extended rappel setups
  • Use of a third hand
  • Pre-rigged rappel
  • Rope ascension
  • Risk Management

Special Note: The Rappelling Setups & Techniques course is not a certification course.

Recommended Experience:

  • Familiarity with the following climbing knots and hitches: Figure 8 follow through, figure 8 on a bight, double fisherman, clove hitch, girth hitch, prussic, auto block, klemheist. Refer to for reference.
  • Prior outdoor rock climbing and rappelling experience
  • Solid belaying technique
Dates: June 1 @ Chickies Rock

Rappel Setups & Techniques