Whether you’re a beginner or have been climbing for 30 years, you can always learn something to make you a better climber.

Upcoming courses

Self Rescue for Multipitch Climbing courses have resumed! I am proud to teach this class with Rocks and Ropes / The BLOC in Tucson. See the schedule of classes here: https://rocksandropes.com/thebloc/classes/

Why take climbing courses?

For the beginning climber, learning the right techniques can save hours of frustration, help avoid dangerous situations, and reduce the chances of getting hurt.

Learning to make placements, lead, build anchors, belay, route find, and manage time, rope, and transitions are all important aspects of climbing. Teaching these skills requires a completely sound knowledge base, a logical approach to teaching, and a massive amount of experience. Very few recreational climbers possess these qualifications. A certified guide, however, has undergone rigorous training and examination to demonstrate competence in both climbing and instruction.

Even for people who have been climbing for years, there is always something to learn. I have been climbing since 1997 and have watched thousands of people climb. A few of them have been excellent – great movement skills, a wide array of technical skills, and a good sense of when to apply them. Most, however, have weaknesses that are slowing them down, limiting what they can climb, placing them at increased risk, or just making their climbing less enjoyable.

Honestly consider the questions below:

  • Can you build a multi-directional, equalized anchor?
  • Do you know what “extension” in an anchor is, and the reason it’s a concern?
  • Do you know what the effective ranges of your cams are?
  • Do you know when it is appropriate to extend a draw on a piece of gear?
  • Do you know how much force is generated in a typical lead fall? How much force is generated in a toprope fall?
  • Do you know there’s a much better option to tying in with a daisy chain?
  • Are you able to belay two people at the same time while keeping the station organized?
  • Do you know when it is better to belay off the anchor vs from your harness?
  • Do you know when it is better to belay with an autolocking device vs a plaquette device vs a plate device?
  • Can you escape a loaded belay?
  • Do you know how to quickly and easily extend the master point of your anchor?
  • Do you know when to use hip belays vs terrain feature belays?
  • While belaying a second to an anchor, could you set up a rappel and have yourself on rappel before your second arrived?
  • Do you know how to back up rappels and lowers?
  • If your partner were injured on a multipitch climb, could you smoothly and efficiently get him down, even if he is unable to assist?
  • If you had to lower someone 350 feet with two joined ropes, could you do it smoothly and confidently? How about if your partner was unable to assist you by unweighting the rope?
  • If your partner was injured on lead beyond the halfway point of the rope, would you know how to get them him down?
  • Using a mechanical advantage, could you raise a second up a pitch if the circumstances demanded it?
  • Do you know the advantages and disadvantages of tandem, simultaneous, and counterbalanced rappels?
  • Can you manage your rope at belay stances? How about two ropes? At hanging belays? When swapping leads vs not swapping leads?
  • Have you practiced these skills in the last month? In the last 6 months?

You might be asking if you really need to learn all of this. My answer: the more you know, and the greater your experiences, the more fun you can have. In climbing, greater skill leads to greater adventures.

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Self Rescue for Multipitch Climbing
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 9 reviews
byRiley onSelf Rescue for Multipitch Climbing
Excellent Course

I learned so much during this day long course and would definitely take other courses with Geir. There were only 6 students which meant we got all the attention we needed and all our questions addressed. My wife and I did this together and plan to practice the various things we learned at home and on our climbs. Thanks Geir!

Thank you Riley! It was great to have you in the class!

byLaurel Arndt onSelf Rescue for Multipitch Climbing
A day with Geir

This is a excellent course. Geir is a very thorough instructor and patient teacher. He brings a vast amount of easily digestible information and techniques to a topic that can be very daunting. In the first 30 minutes I learned some basic info that after 25 years of climbing it did not have in my repertoire. The course is organized very well and each activity/info builds well on what has been presented. I recommend this to EVERYONE who climbs multipitch. I feel that a refresher course in a few months would be valuable. I can't say enough how great this class was and likely because of Geir

Thanks Laurel! It was great to have you in the class!

byKatie onSelf Rescue for Multipitch Climbing
I am a much more confident climber now!

11/10, Geir is so knowledgeable and an amazing teacher. I feel ready for any situation, and I feel so so much more confident in tying and trusting knots. Everyone should take this! Thank you Geir!

Thanks Katie! I am so happy that you enjoyed the class!

byJason Aubrey onSelf Rescue for Multipitch Climbing
Self Rescue for Multipitch Climbing

This class was really fantastic! Geir is a great instructor and packed a ton of important skills into the day. Everything is taught in a step-by-step, logical way. The skills build on each other and we were able to practice each piece so the more complex skills were easier to understand and learn. This class is well worth the cost; you'll come away with crucial skills in case something goes wrong. Definitely recommended!

Thanks Jason! It was a pleasure to meet you!

byKarla onSelf Rescue for Multipitch Climbing
I want all of my multi-pitch partners to take this class!

The info covered in this class is SO useful and important. The knowledge I gained definitely makes me feel like more of an asset on multi-pitch climbs. Geir is really knowledgeable and helpful in teaching ways to save yourself and your partner in bad situations. You also learn a lot about anchor systems and other practices that will save you time on long climbing days. Anyone who wants to be a safer multi-pitch climber should take this course! (!!!) It is well worth the small investment, and it makes for such a fun and enlightening day. Thanks so much, Geir!

Thanks Karla! It was great to have you in the class.

byJulia onSelf Rescue for Multipitch Climbing
A day very well spent!

This was a very high-value course! I can’t imagine a better way to spend one day and a little over $100 for essential climbing safety skills. Geir fits in a ton of content in a digestible way - you practice everything he teaches, and each new concept builds off the last. In addition, you can easily set up the same practice scenarios with your own gear. I am excited to practice and master the skills!

Thanks Julia! It was great to have you in the class!

byBekah Taylor onSelf Rescue for Multipitch Climbing
Self Rescue Multi-pitch

The Self Rescue Mulit-Pitch class was awesome! I learned new techniques through hands on experience! Geir did a great job answering all my questions and recognized that we all have different learning styles and taught to the different learning styles!

Thanks Bekah!! It was a pleasure to have you in the class!

byTJ onSelf Rescue for Multipitch Climbing
Great class!

I have been multipitch climbing for 9 years and I found this course to be very enlightening. You will learn valuable skills that ultimately make you and your partner safer on the wall. No matter how long you have been climbing I guarantee you will learn something from this course. Geir is very patient and knowledgeable. 10/10 would recommend!

Thanks TJ! It was awesome to have you in the class. You clearly have a gift for climbing. 🙂

byAmanda Shorette onSelf Rescue for Multipitch Climbing
Self Rescue Course

I participated in a Self Rescue Course with my climbing partner in February 2021 and it was incredible! I am a beginner climber (~2 years experience) who was looking to learn essential safety and rescue techniques that would make me a safer and more confident climbing partner, and I can say this course exceeded my expectations! I walked away from the class with a solid skill set that I can apply to multiple potential rescue situations, which is saying something since as a newer climber I was taking in a lot of new information (a testament to how incredible an instructor Geir is!). My partner is a far more experienced climber (9+ years experience), and he learned a ton as well. Thanks, Geir!

Thanks Amanda! You did an amazing job picking up the skills so quickly!