Rope Access in Ouray – SPRAT Training and Evaluation

Last week, we hosted our first SPRAT training/certification for calendar year 2021. We had a nice mix of welders, construction trade personnel, a firefighter, curious rope rescue practitioners exploring SPRAT certification, and a Level 3 recertification candidate. All of the Level 1 candidates successfully passed their SPRAT evaluation and are now newly minted SPRAT rope [...]

Amphitheater Adventure Ice

Just prior to the big dump of snow we got this weekend, Jared and I squeezed in a day of adventure climbing high in the Amphitheater overlooking Ouray. The route was first put up nearly 25 years ago. This was my fifth trip up the face and it never disappoints. Very sweet to have fresh [...]

Ice Conditions are Outstanding

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 [...]

SPRAT Training and Evaluation Dates 2021

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 [...]

Inaugural SPRAT training and certification

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. [...]

Multi-Agency Fire Rescue Training

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 [...]

RfR Superstructure Update

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 [...]

Grand Teton NPS- Alpine Mountain Rescue

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 [...]

RfR in the Summer of Covid-19

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 [...]

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 [...]

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