Self Rescue and Small Teams Response Workshop

  We recently wrapped up one of our semi-annual Rigging for Rescue Self Rescue and Small Teams Response workshops. For the backcountry trad climber and mountain rescue “hasty team” respondent, it represents just about the best quality material that RfR offers in ropework and rigging. Our new indoor training facility provides an excellent venue for [...]

Grand Teton NPS

Conditions in the Northern Rockies were cool and wintery this past week during our training with the Jenny Lake climbing ranger cadre at Grand Teton National Park.  After a review of system components/devices we focused on some of the more challenging rope rescue problem-solving missions such as highlines and multi-pitch.  Both techniques require excellent logistics [...]

Mt Rainier NPS

The month of April had us visiting a frequent port of call - Mt Rainier National Park.  The climbing ranger cadre at Rainier responds to similar missions as the Denali NPS rangers - crevasse falls, hypothermia, altitude illness, and the myriad of others means of being incapacitated in the high mountain alpine environment. We worked on [...]

Denali NPS and 212th PJs in Alaska

We just returned from our annual pre-Denali climbing season seminar with the ranger cadre from Denali NPS. The training also included a contingent from the 212th USAF Pararescue (PJs) based in Anchorage. The PJs regularly augment the Denali climbing ranger patrols and serve as rescue medics on the mountain during the climbing season of May/June. [...]

58th RQS Ice Climbing & Rescue Workshop

San Juan Pickoff: a lowering based pickoff with a self-managed belay Approaching a station on a multi-pitch lower Vertical litter orientation is commonly utilized for patient safety on waterfall ice terrain The Attendant adjusts to the foot end of the litter for steep ice   The 58th [...]

Khumbu Climbing Center – Advanced Rescue Course

Rigging for Rescue instructors are in Nepal, training the Sherpa climbing guides at the Khumbu Climbing Center (KCC). The KCC is located in the village of Phortse. Rigging for Rescue instructors have been volunteering time to support the  KCC mission in providing education to the Sherpa guides. This year, the participants at the KCC are [...]

Stairway to Heaven SAR exercise

This past weekend, a multi-agency SAR training exercise convened on the classic SW Colorado multi-pitch ice climb, Stairway to Heaven.  The scenario was designed as a pre-plan training for what would be a very challenging access/egress of an injured ice climber high on the route. A small hasty team of five climbers led and followed [...]

Remote San Juan Ice Climbing

The early season ice climbing in the San Juan's continues to deliver in spades!  What a start to our winter. Frank and I visited an old stomping ground of mine and found just about perfect climbing conditions in a remote setting. My absolute favorite type of adventuring.  One of the consistent conundrums of early season [...]

Ouray Ice Park – encouraging start to winter

Winter has arrived early in our home base of Ouray, Colorado. The Ouray Ice Park Ice Farmers turned on the water system during the first week of November. The temps have been very favorable for ice-making. We had an overnight low of 6 degrees on Monday. These images were taken just a couple of days [...]

2019 Calendar Now Live

Rigging for Rescue is preparing for another great year in 2019! Our program calendar is now live on the Programs section of our website with open registration. Some notable changes to our lineup include a number of moniker adjustments. A few of the changes that can be seen are to our the Rope Rescue I - Fundamentals and the previous Specialty [...]

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