Difficult edge transitions are among the more challenging scenarios one may encounter rope rescue. Occasionally, situations arise when a team must negotiate an abrupt edge with no high directional, and the patient condition does not allow for a vertical litter orientation. In these circumstances, a smooth operation hinges on a strong and coordinated litter attendant, [...]
Mike has returned from his annual trip to Iceland, and has shared some great pictures including these "non-traditional" anchoring solutions. Cargo net anchor Piolet as a pre-tension front tie Rescuer as the back offset anchor in a compound 9:1 Dirt thread: this piece of webbing is fixed to a customized picket [...]
The RfR seminar in Iceland is in full swing. Recent exercises have included some moderate slope work as well as pickoffs. And included in the rigging was a Petzl Goulotte piolet used as a pre-tension front tie - sweet! Not to worry, Mike and the guys from ICE-SAR are finding time to relax, including a [...]
Every year Rigging for Rescue works with the good folks at ICE-SAR, the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue, for a week packed with training, fun, and camaraderie. This year the seminar is taking place at the fjords of the east; so far the terrain and weather have been perfect! Stay tuned for more pictures...
In November of last year, the Rescue Program Coordinator from Rocky Mountain Fire visited us in Ouray with an interesting question: can wildland firefighters use their fire hose as anchor material in an improvised rescue scenario? The following videos show two pulls that we did on a .75" forestry hose (commonly referred to as a [...]
Climbers, guides, mountain rescue practitioners, and military personnel are who we had in mind in crafting the Self Rescue and Small Team Response 5-day workshop. The workshop will focus exclusively on personal and self rescue ropework techniques as well as some improvised small team approaches to realistic rope rescue challenges.
Rigging for Rescue offers two open enrollment seminars each Spring in California's Yosemite Valley. The March 31-April 6 seminar already has a waiting list, but there are spots still remaining in the March 3-9 offering. More information about seminars in the Valley can be found on our website here: http://dev.riggingforrescue.com/yosemite2.html
Day four of the Waterfall Ice Rescue Workshop featured a multi-pitch lower in the Skylight climbing area. Kevin took some photos of the operation from the top of the second pitch. Enjoy! Troy Couture leading pitch 1 Mike Kingsbury topping out on pitch 2 Moving the load down the upper pitch After the station transition, [...]
Members of the Ouray Mountain Rescue Team including three Rigging for Rescue employees recently responded to Horsetail Falls in the backcountry outside of Ouray to assist an injured ice climber. The team chose to use a Guiding Line aerial ropeway system to evacuate the injured party.
Winter in Ouray means ice climbing, and at Rigging for Rescue it means ice rescue workshops. Ice Park Manager and Rigging for Rescue instructor Kevin Koprek has been working hard to build our winter playground, and the proof is in the results. Check it out here: http://www.facebook.com/OurayiceparkInc And mother nature has been doing her job [...]