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 [...]

Summer wrap-up

The summer RfR season proved to be a whirlwind. We traveled near and far working with a variety of rescue teams from very different backgrounds and mission profiles. Continued areas of participant interest included: pros and cons of Two Tensioned systems and how/when/why to apply them effectively use of the VT Prusik in rescue systems [...]

Black Canyon NPS – Stoned Oven SAR

On Saturday, October 5, a call came in from the North Rim ranger station that there was a SAR in the works.  A climber on the 5.11 route Stoned Oven on North Chasm View Wall had taken a leader fall and injured (broken) their ankle after striking a ledge. They and their partner were self-rescuing [...]

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 [...]

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