Rock Climbing Rescue Class

8:00 AM  –  2:00 PM

Tom's Thumb Trailhead - McDowell Sonoran Preserve

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  • Fitness level  2: Easy Active
  • Skill level  3: Advanced
  • Minimum age: 14
  • Group size: 6

Join REI Outdoor School rock climbing instructors to learn assisted-rescue skills no climber should be without: getting yourself out of tricky situations and assisting others when professional help is unavailable. You'll learn how to escape a belay setup, ascend to aid an injured climber and lower both climber and rescuer. Please bring your personal harness as practicing with your own equipment can better prepare you for real situations. REI Outdoor School will provide climbing shoes, harnesses, and helmets to any participants that require them as well as all climbing hardware, ropes, and anchor building materials. Prerequisite: Introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing or equivalent experience.

  • Belay escape techniques
  • Ascending to aid an injured climber
  • Assisting a climber from below

Tom's Thumb Trailhead - McDowell Sonoran Preserve

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CLOSED TOED SHOES REQUIRED. There is no water available at Tom's Thumb Trailhead. From N Pima Rd and the Loop 101, take Exit 36 for N Pima Rd and travel 4.8 miles north. Turn right on E Happy Valley Rd for 4.3 miles. Turn right on Ranch Gate Rd and proceed 1.3 miles. Turn right on N 128th St and travel south for 1.5 miles to Tom's Thumb Trailhead. Call 520.477.7344 with any questions day of course.