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Self-Rescue clinic August 3rd-4th

What do you do when you are 4 pitches off the ground and your partner gets injured, you rappelled past the anchor, or the terrain is simply too hard!? Having a handful of tricks up your sleeve could make the difference between having a small misadventure or a call-for-a-rescue epic. In this two-day clinic you will learn a variety of techniques to boost your competency and confidence in the mountains, taught by She Moves Mountains instructor, Katie Paulson.

This 2-day clinic will cover the following skills:

  • Mastery of ATC guide or Reverso (or other tube-style locking belay devices) - They are useful for SO MUCH MORE than just belaying!

  • Load transfers - belay escape, passing a knot, etc.

  • Rope ascension

  • Rappels - preventing things from going wrong and what to do when things do go wrong.

  • Hauling systems

Day One:

  • Meet your instructor, Katie Paulson, at Mt. Erie at 8:00 am

  • Full day of rescue-techniques

  • Head to the Slug Ranch to decompress and camp

Day Two:

  • Build upon and practice skills taught on day one



Maximum Class Size: 6 Climbers

Minimum Enrollment: 2 Climbers

Climber Requirements: Multi-pitch experience (sport or trad), including the ability to build an equalized anchor, belay from above, and set-up a rappel without coaching. 

Cost Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions: Included in the course cost is all climbing gear, climbing permits, the guide fee, and camping at the Slug Ranch.

Exclusions: Not included in the course cost is gratuities to guide, transportation, meals while on the course, or travel insurance.

About Your Instructor


Katie has been climbing for over 15 years, and is in her second season of guiding with She Moves Mountains, as well as the Northwest Mountain School in Leavenworth, Washington. Her real passion for climbing exists along ragged ridges, tracing lines across the sky high in the mountains. She has a long resume of alpine routes throughout the Western United States, and Canada. Katie knows the value of having, and being, a strong and confident partner in the mountains, especially if things go wrong. She loves teaching and geeking out over rope systems and skills!


  • Wilderness First Responder

  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor

Climbing Highlights:

  • Beckey-Chouinard- 5.10+, trad/alpine, 2,000ft, 15 pitches, Grade IV: South Howser Tower, Bugaboos, BC

  • West Face of Colchuck Balanced Rock- 5.11 C0, trad/alpine, 9 pitches, Grade IV: Leavenworth, Wa.

  • Solid Gold- 5.11- trad/alpine, 4 pitches, Grade III: Leavenworth, Wa

  • Torment-Forbidden Traverse, Grade IV- trad/alpine: North Cascades, Washington

  • Serenity to Sons of Yesterday- 5.10d, trad, 7 pitches: Yosemite Valley, Ca