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Early winter skills training in the San Juans

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 [...]

Multi-agency seaside training on the North Atlantic!

Mike Gibbs and Kevin Koprek just wrapped up a great training session hosted by MDI SAR at Acadia National Park. The training included all of the MASAR teams that conduct high angle missions across the state of Maine. In attendance were members of: MDI SAR, Acadia NPS Rangers, Baxter State Park Rangers, Wilderness Rescue Team, [...]


The stoke was high this past week with RfR in Yosemite! Rocktober is perhaps the best month of the year to be in Yosemite Valley with cooler temps and reduced visitation. We had a great seminar with the Yosemite Search and Rescue (YOSAR) team under bluebird skies and on that impeccable Sierra granite. Seminar participants [...]

Leo Lloyd – volunteer, educator, dear friend

Last week we lost one of our finest with the unexpected passing of Leo Lloyd.  Leo exhibited the very best of human qualities – generous with his time and always a smile on his face.  We will miss him terribly. I had the good fortune to work with Leo at Rigging for Rescue for over [...]

SPRAT land speed record?

We just wrapped up a great week of rope access training and evaluation in Ouray with eight dialed-in Beaver Creek Ski Area (Vail Resorts) employees.  The team made great strides throughout the week in polishing their rope access skills in preparation for the SPRAT Level 1 evaluation, yesterday.  And while speed is not a parameter [...]

Grand Teton NPS – Jenny Lake climbing rangers

Summertime in the Tetons is about as good as it gets for Rigging for Rescue training scenarios.  Once again we recently had the privilege to work with the Jenny Lake climbing rangers at Grand Teton NPS on their rope rescue techniques and general ropework best practices.   The week consisted of a mix of topic/technique [...]

SPRAT at Rigging for Rescue

The recent SPRAT rope access training and evaluation session included six Level 1 candidates and one Level 2 upgrade.  All candidates passed their respective evaluations and are now certified and/or upgraded rope access technicians per SPRAT.  Rigging for Rescue is proud to report that our SPRAT candidate passing rate is over 90% since we began [...]

Happy Birthday, Rock!

It is now official.  Rock Gibbs is the youngest certified SPRAT technician having passed his Level 1 evaluation this morning on his 18th birthday, June 30, 2022.  Rigging for Rescue principal, Mike Gibbs, hatched the plan with Rock several months ago and a SPRAT training and evaluation was scheduled accordingly. You have to be 18 [...]

Deschutes County SAR

The month of May had Rigging for Rescue visiting numerous ports of call around the country including Bend, Oregon to work with Deschutes County SAR (DCSAR). Our first seminar on contract with DCSAR was 2005 and we have been back every 2-3 years since that time. DCSAR covers Smith Rock State Park, as well as [...]

Jackson Hole Resort

Last week we were living right with a welcome high-pressure system in the Tetons and dry rock under foot for the annual Jackson Hole Mountain Patrol (JHMP) training event. JHMP wears many hats for rescue operations on the Jackson Hole resort ski mountain during high summer visitation – bike park, hikers accessing the high country [...]

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