Rigging for Rescue has had a busy early winter season here in the San Juans!

We kicked off early December by taking advantage of our first winter season storm with the 48th RQS Air Force PJ’s. We spent a week with them exploring Red Mountain Pass while refining backcountry skiing techniques, avalanche terrain assessment, avy rescue procedures, and brushing up on the most up to date SAR practices. The week of training culminated with some challenging rescue scenarios that included route planning, search, and technical egress on Red Mountain Pass.


Our Rigging for Rescue instructors had a stellar week with a very skilled group of U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen!

Next, our friends from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department SAR team (LVMPD SAR) members joined us for a week of training right before the Christmas holiday. LVMPDSAR responds to the high peaks around Mt Charleston and last year they were called to respond to an avalanche incident with a backcountry skier. So aside from technical rock rescue in Red Rocks, the team also has to stay skilled on traditional winter-based snow and ice rescue as well. The LVMPD SAR crew had an excellent week of training up on Red Mountain Pass and we had a fantastic final day of ice climbing at the Lake City Ice Park!

Rigging for Rescue and LVMPD SAR have a long-standing relationship and we are proud to continue working with them year after year!

Finally, after wrapping up our seminars with the 48th RQS and LVMPD SAR the Rigging for Rescue team has been patiently waiting for winter to “really begin…”. After a couple weeks of high pressure temps rolling through the region we have recently been blessed with a much needed cold snap accompanied with snow storms in the forecast! Our friends at the Ouray Ice Park have absolutely been crushing it when it comes to taking full advantage of Ice Farming temps! 

The Ouray Ice Park officially opened up on December 29th and we are thrilled to be able to host another Waterfall Ice Climbing Rescue Workshop taking place here in beautiful Ouray from February 19-23, 2024! We still have a few spots available, for more information please follow the hyperlink to our website.

I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays, here’s to winter!