Rope Management and Safety Techniques. Level 2

The course is divided into two units, 1 and 2 and is designed to be imparted over two weekends. In unit 1 we will practise basic rope techniques and in unit 2 we will focus on managing problem situations and more complex techniques.

LEVEL 2: Complex techniques

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This course is designed to impart a basic level of knowledge of safety techniques, rope management, progression and self-rescue, to allow participants to enjoy their mountain activities safely and autonomously. Completion of the course in no way prepares participants for the responsibility of guiding a group in the mountains.

During the course, participants will be challenged to find solutions to different problem scenarios, which could conceivably occur during the activities. These problems should be adequately overcome in order to be able to complete the course.


  • Practise different, more complex, safety techniques.
  • Practise complex rope work techniques.
  • Construct triangular belays.
  • Back-up belay installations found to be in disrepair.
  • Use of natural belays.
  • Installation of spits, to make belays or anchors.
  • Progression in semi-equipped canyons.
  • Understand and practise basic self-rescue skills for use in an emergency.


  • Moderately complex rope work.
  • Securing others’ progression.
  • Constructing triangular belays.
  • Reenforcing belays.
  • Use of natural anchors.
  • Basic self-rescue techniques.
  • Placement of spits.
  • Problem solving.


  • DAY 1

    Rope work practice in Peña Castibián (Alquézar)

  • Abseiling
    • Duration: 8 hours
    • Contents:
    • Installation of a rope as a handrail.
    • Recuperable rope handrail.
    • Unblocking a companion’s abseiling device using an auxiliary rope.
    • Lifting a companion slightly from the top of the abseil using an auxiliary rope.
    • Cutting a companion’s abseiling ropes in case of emergency.
    • Ascending ropes with a Garda Hitch and
    • Klemheist Knot. Equipment available for ascending ropes.
    • Problem solving: rescue and self rescue.


  • DAY 2
  • Dry canyon descent using natural anchors

    Curso de Tecnicas de Seguridad
    • Duration:
    • Contents:
    • Constructing belays with natural anchors.
    • Backing-up belays.
    • Guided abseil: anchoring and tensing the rope.
    • Installing fixed pro, spits etc.
    • Practise of some of the previous day’s content.
    • Problem solving.
    • Knots: Clove Hitch..






  • Unit 1 of this course or ample experience climbing, abseiling, rigging tirolinas etc.
  • Knowledge of basic rope work.
  • Not to suffer from vertigo. We mostly work at a height of 15-20 meters, but on occasion you will be suspended from the ropes for quite a time.
  • A level of fitness which allows you to enjoy two intense and demanding days of rope work and activity.

Albergue Casa Tintorero

Prices incluyed

  • 2 days practise of rope techniques in the Sierra de Guara.
  • 1 picnic lunch on day 2.
  • 1 nights bed and breakfast in the trekking hostel.
  • Use of all the necessary equipment for the course; ropes, self-rescue equipment etc.
  • Accident and health insurance.


  • Bed and breakfast (if you arrive the day before the start of the course): 21,5 euros.
  • Evening meal : 13,5 euros
  • Picnic for day 1 : 6,5 euros.


In the case of a group of 2:

2 day course + 1 night accommodation and breakfast + 1 picnic  
 195,50 €


In the case of a group of 3:

2 day course + 1 night accommodation and breakfast + 1 picnic  
 185,50 €


In the case of a group of 4:

2 day course + 1 night accommodation and breakfast + 1 picnic  
 175,50 €


In the case of a group of 5 to 8:

2 day course + 1 night accommodation and breakfast + 1 picnic  
 165,50 €

  • Sports clothing and a change of clothes.
  • Sports shoes (closed, lace-up shoes - not sandals - to walk safely and comfortably).
  • Change of clothes and footwear.
  • Waterproof jacket.
  • Swimsuit.
  • Small backpack.
  • Those who wear glasses should use a retaining cord, or if possible not use their glasses during the activities.
  • Two 7 mm cordelettes (1,5 and 3 meters respectively).
  • Water bottle or similar.
  • Leather gloves for abseiling.
  • For those staying in the hostel - toiletries and sleeping bag or blanket (optional).
  • Specialised, qualified mountain guide.
  • Accident and health insurance.
  • First aid kit.
  • Snowshoes.
  • Hiking poles.
  • Maps.
  • Compass.
  • GPS.



  • All the programmes on offer are CLOSED packages. Any changes or modifications to the programme would cancel any discounts included in the package and the activities would therefore be charged for individually at the normal price.
  • In all packages and programmes, the order in which the activities take place will depend on weather conditions and group numbers. Whilst we will do our best to accommodate the clients' preferences, the final order of activities will be at the discretion of Vertientes Aventura.
  • Vertientes Aventura reserves the right to partially or totally change the programme due to adverse weather or river conditions.
  • If any participants require a specific diet (e.g.. vegetarian), medication or have health problems which may affect the programme, Vertientes Aventura before the arrival of the group.
  • In the case that the client, by choice or due to lack of condition, preparedness or fitness, cannot participate in the programmed activities there will be NO REFUND.
  • In the case of adverse weather or river conditions affecting the programmed activities, Vertientes Aventura will provide alternative activities of similar value.
  • Only as a last resort and in the case that activities cannot be substituted for, will a partial refund be made. Organizational costs and the guide's fee (approximately 35 %) will not be returned. All refunds will be administered by the agency responsible for the sale of the programme.
  • Vertientes Aventura takes no responsibility for other activities undertaken by the participant during their stay, whether with another company or on their own initiative, including trekking routes suggested by Vertientes Aventura. As such, our insurance will not cover these other activities.
  • It is important that participants collect a European Health Insurance Card before leaving their country of origin so that they can be treated by the Spanish Social Security Services in the case of accidents or illnesses that may occur outside the activities contracted with Vertientes Aventura.


  • All the prices shown for individual activities and programmes are for groups of 5 or more participants. (Except where indicated.)
  • For groups of less than 5, the fees for some activities will be increased. Please consult prices on our web site or by calling our offices.
  • All reservations require a booking deposit which should be paid by bank transfer:
    • Individual activities: 20€ per person and activity.
    • Weekend and three day programmes: 50€ per person.
    • Four and Five day programmes: 75€ per person.
    • Longer stays: consult prices.
  • The outstanding balance should be paid on the group’s arrival, if possible in cash.
  • Bookings will only be recognized as made once the deposit has been received
  • Participants in all bookings involving adventure activities must complete our accident insurance form which can be found in the “Information and bookings” section of our web site.


  • In the case of cancellation, the client will be liable for the following costs:
    • Any cancellation made more than 5 days prior to the planned arrival date will incur a cancellation charge of 30% of the deposit.
    • Deposits will be FORFEITED on cancellations made during the 5 days prior to the planned arrival date, whatever the motive for the cancellation.

Vertientes 2.0 Travel Center

Vertientes Aventura. Extreme Adventure Sports in Aragón SIERRA DE GUARA - PYRENEES
San Hipolito s/n. 22145 Alquézar (Huesca), Spain
Tel. and fax 0034 974 318 354 | Mobile : 0034 635 501 073 / 0034 619 905 458