Climbing in the Ouray Ice Park Backcountry ice in the San Juans The consistently cold start to winter has created optimal conditions for both Ouray Ice Park ice-farming as well as backcountry ice formation. The Ice Park opened for the season on Dec 19th and we have been climbing backcountry ice [...]
We have just posted new SPRAT Training and Evaluation dates on the calendar. Our next training and evaluation sessions are February 2-6, 2021 and April 20-24, 2021 in Ouray, Colorado. The February session is filling up fast. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to get registered. We will be adding more sessions to our [...]
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.