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Update and Beyond 6/5/2016-6/9/2016Full Price

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Update and Beyond 6/5/2016-6/9/2016- Deposit$250 due upfront, remainder due prior to program start.

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This seminar is open to participants who have attended Rigging for Rescue – Specialty Techniques or the original 7-day Rigging for Rescue – The Seminar.

Update & Beyond will continue to build upon ropework principles and techniques covered in the original Rigging for Rescue seminars. Field sessions will focus on more challenging scenarios, often involving coordination of multiple stations or elements.

Participants can generally expect a review of key physics principles, rescue belays, and anchor optimization all at a much faster pace than previous Rigging for Rescue seminars. Emphasis will be placed on depth and breadth of information as it relates to the highly dynamic nature of advanced rescue scenarios.

Fees: $1,095

Prerequisites: the skills outlined on our prerequisites page.

  • additional advanced litter handling techniques
  • litter-based pick-off techniques
  • small team responses & systems using lightweight approaches and non-specialized equipment
  • multi-pitch strategies and transitions
  • Kootenay Highline System reeving variations (English Reeve and/or Norwegian Reeve)
  • Guiding Line suspension systems incorporating deflection lines
  • the construction and use of artificial high directionals as a bipod and/or monopod
  • applications of esoteric physics principles
  • practical use of trigonometry in certain rope rescue size-up scenarios
  • more challenging knot passing applications such as CODs and artificial high directionals
  • research & testing updates
  • and much more

The above list is not exhaustive, nor is it a checklist. One of the hallmark traits of a Rigging for Rescue program is the flexible curriculum. Specific techniques & topics covered are influenced by the overall participant mix and their interests. Each Rigging for Rescue seminar or workshop is a custom experience.

Rigging for Rescue® Seminar – Personal Protective Equipment

  1. Personal gear participants are expected to bring:
    a. Note-taking supplies
    b. Warm, rugged outdoor clothing
    c. Hiking/climbing or work boots with grippy soles
    d. 4 locking carabiners
    e. 5 metres of 25 mm (or wider) nylon webbing
    (to construct a chest harness and connector strap)
    f. 10 metres of 6mm nylon kernmantle cord (or a completed set of Purcell Prusiks)
    g. 13 metres of 8mm nylon kernmantle cord
    (to construct a set of Tandem Prusiks and a Radium Release Hitch)
    h. Headlamp
    i. Helmet
    j. Leather gloves
    k. Harness
    l. Backpack
    m. Personal first aid kit
    n. Personal descent control device. Preferably, a device that includes a plaquette style auto- locking feature (e.g. Black Diamond ATC Guide, Kong GiGi, etc.).
  2. Optional equipment:
    a. Dyneema/Spectra runners
    b. Specialty ropes or cord you would like to see used and/or evaluated
    c. Mini Prusik-minding-pulleys
    d. Anything that has proved to be, is said to be, or could possibly be useful for rope rescue

We want to see what you use, how and why. We are looking for the best possible way to rescue and perhaps you have already identified that technique. Have you made modifications to existing equipment, designed and produced your own or have questions and concerns with equipment available commercially? Bring it along and we will share our findings and critical look so everyone can benefit. Printed materials, Power Points, video clips of trainings, training materials and favorite rescue books are all welcome additions to the seminar. Active participation is the best way to foster a rich and rewarding learning environment.

Update & Beyond is 5 full days (45+ hours) and runs from 08:00 Monday to approximately 17:00 Friday. Each participant is responsible for their own transportation, personal equipment, food, and accommodation.

Fees: $1,095. A deposit of $250 is required upon registration with final payment due two months prior to the seminar start date.