On Saturday, we wrapped up our first ever SPRAT rope access training and evaluation session at the newly minted Rigging for Rescue Superstructure. The vision for the Superstructure was to be able to not only offer SPRAT rope access trainings, but also have an indoor facility for dry land practice of RfR rope rescue techniques. [...]
West Metro Fire Dept. based in Lakewood, Colorado responds to a number of rope-related callouts on an annual basis. Their area of response is where Denver recreates. As such, there are an inevitable number of incidents and accidents that occur in semi-backcountry settings around the western aspects of the greater Denver metro area. Rigging for [...]
The RfR superstructure is pretty well finished. There are just a couple of minor remaining items to button up. However, the structure is functional and we have taken some laps on it at this point. Last week, the engineer came down to test all of the anchor points and various beams. The anchor points were [...]
What an outstanding week we just had with the Jenny Lake climbing rangers at Grand Teton National Park! We have had the great privilege of being the preferred rope rescue training organization for the Jenny Lakers for many years now. The climbing ranger cadre at Jenny Lake regularly conducts some of the most challenging mountain [...]
This summer we have been able to deliver our educational training services to a number of agencies, despite the challenging conditions of operating in the age of Covid-19. Most agencies have numerous protocols and/or guidelines in place for allowing their personnel and our instructors to conduct rope rescue training events. We have been utilizing recommended CDC guidelines such as [...]
Splitter conditions at South Lake Rescue raises in the age of Covid Upper Attendant position for transitioning over a roof This past week we were treated to an outstanding RfR seminar experience in the High Sierra of California – a super dedicated group of volunteer SAR members who were [...]
The Skol Studios crew are almost finished with the install. We now have some "RfR red" pieces going in. We will be painting the rest of the structure red later this week.
The Skol Studios crew has been working hard to get the training tower up and ready. They are particularly skilled in moving their big machine around some relatively tight quarters. Those beams are big, heavy, and hard to move. Here is a quick video update of the progress.
At long last we are installing the RfR "Superstructure" this week. Local architectural metalworker Jeff Skoloda and his team at Skol Studios in Ouray were hired to fabricate and install a new training structure for RfR. We will have a large platform for over-the-edge scenarios, an inside drop tower for systems testing, and a full [...]
The 131st RQS Pararescue Team visited us in Ouray this past week for a waterfall ice rescue workshop. Ice climbing conditions in Ouray this winter have been as good as we have seen for many years. The focus of the week was on a small team rescue approach coupled with considerable respect for the dynamic [...]