Queer Outdoor Rock Rescue Day

As low as:

$210.00 / person

(at 6:1 ratio)
Queer Outdoor Rock Rescue Day

This outdoor rock climbing course is designed to empower and support the 2SLGBTQ+ community by providing the skills and knowledge needed to safely and confidently enact a rock rescue. Led by an experienced queer and trans instructor in partnership with GOATS (Gayest Of All The Senders), this one-day course will focus entirely on technical systems, starting with anchor building and escaping the belay and moving on to lowering and raising systems. 

To ensure the safety and success of all attendees, this course is intended for those who have previous outdoor climbing experience.

  • Basics of improvised self-rescue
  • Rescue anchors
  • Station-management
  • Blocking and escaping belays
  • Raising and lowering systems

Included in the price
  • 1 day with a queer AGMG rock guide! 
  • Group technical gear

Not included in the price
  • Personal technical gear (harness, helmet, carabiners, belay devices, climbing shoes – available for rent) 
  • Transportation to and from meeting point
  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Personal gear


A typical day starts at 08:30 and ends around 16:30. Curriculum delivery will depend on the instructor and other factors such as weather, but below is a general idea of what to expect:

Day 1

08:30 – Meet at the location specified in your pre-trip email (Victoria region). Upon arrival you will sign waivers (please note that anyone under 19 needs to have their waiver signed by a parent or guardian and sent in prior to the course).

After introductions, you’ll walk a short way to the crag, where we’ll cover the basics of improvised self-rescue, from rescue anchors and station-management to blocking and escaping belays, and an introduction to raising/lowering systems if time permits - aiming to be back at our cars around 16:30. 

Exact meeting details will be provided in a pre-trip email sent one week before your course.

Questions? Check out our
FAQ page for details, or send us an email. 


This is an intermediate-level course, meaning we recommend that you have some previous outdoor climbing experience to get the most out of this course. To take this course, please: 

  • Have Intro to Rock or equivalent experience 
  • Be prepared to spend the day outside in variable conditions

Pre-course homework:

Please know these basic knots to maximize efficiency on the day: 

  • Figure 8 follow-through 
  • Figure 8 on a bight 
  • Overhand 
  • Double overhand 
  • Double fisherman’s 
  • Clove hitch 
  • Prussik 
  • Munter hitch 

We recommend checking out the “Animated Knots” website for instructions. 

Questions about the suitability of this course? Send us an email. We’re happy to help you find or customize courses to suit your needs whenever possible. 

Gear List 

Your instructor will provide all group gear (or “the rack” -- ropes, slings, carabiners, etc.). Please bring the following, and reach out if you have any questions:

Technical Gear

  • Harness 
  • Helmet 
  • Belay device & locking carabiner 
  • 3 locking carabiners (one “pear” shaped)
  • 3 non-locking carabiners (two should be matching flat stock “D” shaped)
  • 7mm accessory cord (2 x five-meter lengths)
  • 7mm accessory cord (1 x 1.5 meter length)
  • Double shoulder length sewn sling (120cm length, rated to 22kn)

If you require any of the items on the technical gear list, please email us to request it. Most people taking this course are climbers already but we could rent a “climbing kit” which includes all the above.


  • T-shirt or long-sleeve (ideally loose-fitting)
  • Pants (ideally loose-fitting, tapered at the ankle) 
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants) 
  • Mid-weight insulating jacket 
  • Approach shoes (something that will provide some support on trails to the climb)
  • Toque and/or sun hat 
  • A sturdy walking shoe or boot (climbing shoes are not required for this course)

Note: If you are taking this course in the early spring or fall, please bring additional warm layers.


  • Sunglasses that block 100% UV 
  • Sunscreen 
  • SPF lip balm 
  • Lunch (pre-prepared) and snacks 
  • Water bottle (2L)
  • Notebook and pencil (Rite in the Rain recommended) 
  • 30L backpack 

If you own any additional equipment, you are encouraged to bring it along so that you can learn more about the gear you already own.


Technical gear: available as a Climbing Kit for $15 when you book.

Questions? Send us an email or read our blog for advice on choosing appropriate gear. 


There are currently no testimonials for this trip yet.