Denali National Park

Weather in the desert southwest is decidedly warm and springlike this time of the year, but there is still an abundance of snow and ice up in the great white north of Alaska.  Conditions this year were perfect for waterfall ice outside of Denali National Park. Our annual training with the climbing ranger cadre from [...]

Moab Fundamentals

We recently completed a Fundamentals Seminar in Moab, Utah.  The canyons surrounding Moab offer a truly magnificent location for developing and refining rope rescue skills.  This program marked the beginning of Rigging for Rescue open enrollment Fundamental Seminars in Moab.  In addition to perfect field training locations and amazing weather, participants and instructors alike are able to spend the [...]

Grand Teton National Park

We recently returned from a Rigging for Rescue seminar on contract with the Jenny Lake climbing ranger cadre of Grand Teton National Park.  It is always a privilege to train in beautiful settings such as the Tetons. Additionally, the Jenny Lake ranger cadre is a very experienced crew of practitioners that bring a lot of [...]

RfR Specialty Techniques – Ouray, Colorado

Our recent spring open enrollment offering of RfR Specialty Techniques included a diverse group of practitioners. We had folks from mountain rescue teams, special operations community members, and  even a participant from the Danish navy. Topics and techniques explored included: a detailed discussion of artificial high directionals including the construction and use of a Sideways [...]

Avalanche rescue course

This past week in Silverton, several members of the Rigging for Rescue instructor cadre got the unique opportunity to participate in an avalanche rescue course instructed by Swiss avalanche rescue guru Manuel Genswein.  It was a "pro" level course designed for ski patrollers, forecasters, and mountain rescue personnel intent on increasing their depth and breadth [...]

Waterfall Ice Workshop

We just wrapped up our first RfR Waterfall Ice Workshop for 2016.  We had a diverse group of participants from the US and Canada.  The Canadians from Newfoundland continued to remark how "amazing" it was that we had yet another day of Bluebird sunny weather.  And we continued to inform them that this was perfectly [...]

ITRS wrap-up and some food for thought

It has been a little more than a month since we returned from attending the International Technical Rescue Symposium in Portland, Oregon.  This year featured a variety of excellent presentations on topics ranging from Two Tensioned Rope Systems, to sharp edge testing, Prusiks, how dirt may affect your rope, and the MPD - just to [...]

Bad Ass Pencil

The early season ice climbing sendfest continues unabated with another day in Eureka.  On Wednesday, the objective was Stairway to Heaven.  The climb was super fat and the ice very sticky. Yesterday, Jim and I made a return visit to Eureka with the intent of climbing Hoser's Highway.  We had both previously climbed the route [...]

Pike ‘n Pivot technique

This is a re-publication of a previous post on Pike 'n Pivot technique. There was a video issue on the old post. Pike 'n Pivot is a technique developed by Rigging for Rescue in the mid 1990's as a method for negotiating a 90 degree edge transition with no high directional.  The technique greatly reduces [...]

Early season ice in the San Juan’s

The ice climbing conditions in the San Juan's are excellent for this time of the year. We have had colder temps this late autumn and a steady cycle of storms to coat the backcountry in powder.  Recently, Kevin and I sampled the local classic Dexter Falls.  We may have even been the first party on [...]

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