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High Angle Rescue

  • Mazama Mountaineering Center 527 Southeast 43rd Avenue Portland, OR, 97215 United States (map)


Get ready to get hands on and learn what to do when things do NOT go right in the hills. Drawing on experience as a guide, Alan will be covering the basics of self-rescue on both rock and mountain faces. This clinic will cover: the basic knots used in rescue situations, pulley systems, rappelling with a partner, a short discussion of med kits on route, and a discussion of a number of real-world scenarios. 

Prerequisite: Intermediate/Advanced Climbing Skills

Required Gear: Harness, belay device, a few locking and non-locking carabiners, prussik cord, double length sling, 20 ft of 6 mm cord.

Optional Gear: Various ascenders like Tibloc, mini traction, jumar.

Instructor: Alan Rousseau


About the Instructor

As a mountain guide, Alan Rousseau has landed a profession that he is passionate about, a profession that has taken him to amazing locations in Utah, Alaska, Washington, Peru, and the European alps. After spending his childhood in New England, Alan moved to Utah in 2004 where he lives with his wife and learned to climb. Initially, Alan picked up climbing as a secondary activity in an effort to take his skiing and snowboarding further up into the mountains. But the more he did it, the more he found passion in climbing impressive lines and summiting awe-inspiring peaks. Aside from his guiding trips, Alan has also traveled to places such as Nepal, India, Greece, and Canada where he has explored new places and established new routes.

  • Mountain Resume

  • IFMGA/UIAGM Certified Guide

  • First ascents of mixed climbs up to M10

  • 2013 Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Award Recipient

  • First ascent of the West Face of Pachermo Peak in the Rolwaling Himal of Nepal

  • First ascent of Langmoche Ri peak in the Rolwaling Himal of Nepal

  • First Ascent Rungofarka Suru valley of Kashmir, India

  • 2017 Mugs stump award recipient

  • 2018 AAC cutting edge award

  • Sponsorsed by: Beal, Grivel, Cilogear, Adidas Terrex

Earlier Event: November 17
Portland Ice Comp
Later Event: November 18
Intro to Lead Climbing