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Mar 11, 2013
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If any southern AZ locals are interested in learning some self rescue skills for multipitch climbing, I will be offering a class on April 20th. Feel free to PM me or visit the address below for further information.

geir.com/guide.html

Thanks,
Geir
Geir
From Tucson, AZ
Joined Jun 7, 2006
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Mar 15, 2013
Hi Geir,
I was at the gym tonight and discussing self rescue with my friend and I mentioned how amazed I was about the amount of climbers out there who have no idea how to help themselves in an sport which is highly dangerous. Sport climbing included. Climbing is so much more than climbing, it's about knowing how to deal the consequences of an accident.
For me, self rescue was one of the first skills I learned through the AMC in PHX and I am so glad for that experience and the AMC for offering the course.
Good for you for offering your skills.
Peter Noebels
Joined Jun 15, 2007
38 points
Mar 16, 2013
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Hey Peter!

Thanks for your thoughtful words and insight! I totally agree that self rescue skills are essential for climbers. Many of the these skills are also useful in day-to-day climbing. I have tried to keep the fee low so that anyone wanting to take the class can afford it.
Geir
From Tucson, AZ
Joined Jun 7, 2006
3,333 points
Mar 16, 2013
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The April 20 class is full. Because a number of people have expressed interest in the class, a second class has been scheduled Sat, May 25. To register please visit geir.com/guide.html. Thanks! Geir
From Tucson, AZ
Joined Jun 7, 2006
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Mar 19, 2013
Geir wrote:
The April 20 class is full. Because a number of people have expressed interest in the class, a second class has been scheduled Sat, May 25. To register please visit geir.com/guide.html. Thanks!


This is a great service to the community and at an extremely generous price. Given your list of questions, you could ~double the current price and it would still be a good deal.

Some climbing friends and I had some fun puzzling over this rhetorical question from the above linked page: "13. While belaying a second to an anchor, could you set up a rappel and have yourself on rappel before your second arrived?"

We tried to imagine how and why one would do this, striking out in the area of it simply being a multi-tasking time saver.

This would likely come into play for getting down to an injured second when lowering them wasn't the best option - yes? (... or partially getting down to them if more than half a rope length below.) I see that answering Question #19 would likely include discussion of this.

Again - a great service to the community.
Bill L
Bill Lawry
From New Mexico
Joined Apr 16, 2006
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Mar 25, 2013
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Bill Lawry wrote:
This is a great service to the community and at an extremely generous price. Given your list of questions, you could ~double the current price and it would still be a good deal. Some climbing friends and I had some fun puzzling over this rhetorical question from the above linked page: "13. While belaying a second to an anchor, could you set up a rappel and have yourself on rappel before your second arrived?" We tried to imagine how and why one would do this, striking out in the area of it simply being a multi-tasking time saver. This would likely come into play for getting down to an injured second when lowering them wasn't the best option - yes? (... or partially getting down to them if more than half a rope length below.) I see that answering Question #19 would likely include discussion of this. Again - a great service to the community. Bill L


Hey Bill,

Sorry I missed your question, I was away for several days. Also thanks for your kind words.

To answer your question, one scenario that this skill might be useful is when bad weather starts moving in. Over the years I have had a few occasions where surprise storms roll in while a second was following a pitch. As you suggested, this skill is one way to begin a descent quickly.

I could also envision a scenario where your answer would be just as valid ... perhaps a second gets hit by a falling rock and you decide to rap down to them to see how bad the injuries are.

There are a few slots still available in the second class for those who are interested.
Geir
From Tucson, AZ
Joined Jun 7, 2006
3,333 points
Mar 25, 2013
mountain golf
I've seen this done, very cool!

JF
j fassett
From tucson
Joined May 19, 2006
148 points
Mar 26, 2013
Hi Geir,

Thanks for the reply - plenty responsive! I tend to think of the exercise solely in terms of an injured second mid-pitch and probably high off the deck. But I do remember a time at J-Tree belaying up my partner with only a T-shirt on top ... very chilled from rain spatters driven by a building wind. The storm snuck up on us from behind the rock.

Best Wishes,
Bill
Bill Lawry
From New Mexico
Joined Apr 16, 2006
1,604 points
Mar 26, 2013
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j fassett wrote:
I've seen this done, very cool! JF


Hahahaha Jeff! Gee I wonder who impressed me with that trick to begin with! :)
Geir
From Tucson, AZ
Joined Jun 7, 2006
3,333 points
Mar 27, 2013
mountain golf
Good times!

JF
j fassett
From tucson
Joined May 19, 2006
148 points
May 29, 2013
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Hey all,

The first and second classes filled to capacity and I have had several more inquiries, so I have scheduled another self rescue class on June 23.

If interested, you can get more information and register at my website.

geir.com/guide.html

Thanks!

(Edit) This class is now full. If interested contact me and I will schedule another one.
Geir
From Tucson, AZ
Joined Jun 7, 2006
3,333 points
May 31, 2013
Me and Holden at the "Matterhorn"
Scratch that next new cam. Take this class. Robbie Mackley
From Tucson, AZ
Joined May 6, 2010
90 points
Jun 15, 2013
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The next class is scheduled July 7. As we are getting into Monsoon season this will be the next class will likely be in the fall. Geir
From Tucson, AZ
Joined Jun 7, 2006
3,333 points
Jun 25, 2013
It is a good sized roof. Photo: Jimbo
Took the last one despite 35 yrs. climbing. This old dog learned a bunch new tricks. Well worth a day of my time. If you do multi pitch routes or don't want to hang helplessly waiting for someone else to save your ass, take the class. I am in the process of trademarking that last phrase, so don't even think about it GH! 1Eric Rhicard
Joined Feb 15, 2006
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Jun 25, 2013
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Hahaha thanks Eric. It was great to have you there! Geir
From Tucson, AZ
Joined Jun 7, 2006
3,333 points
Jun 26, 2013
SYA-TTC Paul Davidson
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Jun 26, 2013
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Paul Davidson wrote:
SYA-TTC


Hahahahaha I love it!
Geir
From Tucson, AZ
Joined Jun 7, 2006
3,333 points
Jul 1, 2013
Slap/Tickle
BTW
It is great to see so many friends taking the class from Geir. Now, if I can get Geir to conduct another "refresher" class. :-) Gosh, I don't seem to retain much of anything anymore!
David Arthur Sampson
Joined Sep 18, 2006
995 points
Jul 1, 2013
On top of Castleton.. with the Rectory and Sister ...
I'd love to take a fall class, please post if you schedule one! Wendy Laakmann
From Bend, OR
Joined Dec 16, 2005
5 points
Jul 29, 2013
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Hey All,

The next self rescue class dates are set. They are September 22 and Oct 13. You can register by sending me a PM or by contacting me through my website. Hope you are all having a good summer!
Geir
From Tucson, AZ
Joined Jun 7, 2006
3,333 points
Aug 6, 2013
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The September and October classes are full. Feel free to contact me to be placed on a waiting list.

I will post dates for November and December in a few weeks.

Thanks!
Geir
From Tucson, AZ
Joined Jun 7, 2006
3,333 points
Sep 15, 2013
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The November class is scheduled for the 24th. Feel free to PM/email me if you are interested in taking it. Geir
From Tucson, AZ
Joined Jun 7, 2006
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Dec 6, 2013
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January 5th: ***class full***
February 9th: ***class full***

The next class will be in April.

To get on a waiting list, please PM me or contact me through my webpage at geir.com.

Thanks!
Geir
From Tucson, AZ
Joined Jun 7, 2006
3,333 points
Jan 17, 2014
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The next Self Rescue Class is scheduled for April 6. (EDIT: This class is now full)

I will offer additional classes starting in late spring or summer. These will include "Self Rescue 2" as well as multipitch traditional climbing classes for climbers with sport climbing experience.

For further information or to register for the April 6 class PM me or visit my website at geir.com/guide.html
Geir
From Tucson, AZ
Joined Jun 7, 2006
3,333 points
Apr 10, 2014
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Next two classes:

May 18th - A review class for people who have taken the class already.

June 14th

Visit www.geir.com/guide.html or PM me for further details.



EDIT: Both classes are now full. PM me to get on a waiting list. Thanks!
Geir
From Tucson, AZ
Joined Jun 7, 2006
3,333 points
Aug 10, 2014
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We have set the dates for the self rescue classes this fall.

Sept 21
Oct 4
Dec 6

As before, the class is $50, we generally meet at 8am and finish 5pm-5:30pm. Some previous multipitch experience is needed. For further information on the class see www.geir.com/guide.html. To register feel free to PM me.

(Edit) - All classes are full, contact me to get on the waiting list.
Geir
From Tucson, AZ
Joined Jun 7, 2006
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