RfR in the High Sierra

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 [...]

Superstructure Update June 16

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.    

Superstructure Update June 11

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.      

Training Center Superstructure

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 [...]

Waterfall Ice Workshop – West Coast PJs

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 [...]

Khumbu Climbing Center Annual Training

For the past two weeks, Rigging for Rescue’s Xander Bianchi has been instructing climbing and rescue techniques at the Khumbu Climbing Center (KCC) in Phortse, Nepal in the Khumbu region near Mt. Everest. Each year, Rigging for Rescue sponsors an instructor in traveling to Nepal to volunteer their expertise to the Sherpa guides and high [...]

Ouray Ice Park is Open!

The winter weather gods have seen fit to deliver optimal ice-making conditions for the Ouray Ice Park ice farming efforts. Cold temps allowed the Ice Farmers to make ice 24/7 for the past week. Couple that with an abundant water source - that can be attributed to last year's big winter of snowfall topping off [...]

Early Season Ice Climbing

Fellow RfR instructor Tim Pasek and I got out for some November ice climbing in the San Juan's a few days ago. Southwest Colorado received a very cold blast of arctic air in the early part of October that contributed significantly to bringing in the high country ice climbs - about a month earlier than [...]

ITRS 2019

We just returned from the annual International Technical Rescue Symposium (ITRS) held in Albuquerque, NM. Rigging for Rescue has been attending and presenting at this event since its infancy in 1986 (NATRS at that time).  The symposium is a gathering of around 170 attendees to discuss, dissect, and debate all things rescue-related.  Having personally attended [...]

The Great State of Maine

We recently returned from our biennial visit to the spectacular coast of Maine on Mount Desert Island in Acadia National Park. The training event brings together the handful of SAR teams that perform high angle rope rescues in the state. Given the small size of the state, it is not uncommon for the various [...]

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