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Self Rescue and Small Team Response
October 1st, 2018 - October 5th, 2018 | Ouray, CO
Partner rescue and improvised team-based rescue
As a climber, have you critically considered your own ability to extricate yourself or your injured climbing partner from an unforeseen predicament in challenging terrain? The end result of that type of incident will largely be driven by the skills you bring to the table as a true ropework practitioner. The ability to improvise sound rescue systems using common equipment should be a requisite skill base for both climbers and SAR personnel operating in more remote environments.
The Rigging for Rescue Self Rescue and Small Team Response Workshop is designed to meet the needs of those seeking to take their own on-rope and rigging skills to the next level. The workshop continuum begins with personal ropework skills, transitions into companion rescue scenarios, and finishes with team-based exercises utilizing small groups of 2-3 respondents. It is ideally suited to recreational climbers, climbing guides, the Special Operations Community, and mountain rescue personnel.
Competently executing a patient evacuation using ropework and rigging – by yourself or in a small team setting – requires a high degree of skill and a calm demeanor. Having these skills is a requisite part of being a competent climber or rope rescue professional. We are all lifelong students of the science and art of practical rigging and we invite you to expand your own skill set and join us for an intense week of training.
- personal ropework and rigging skills for climbing and rescue
- companion rescue scenarios (aka Self Rescue or Partner Rescue)
- small team approaches to challenging ropework evacuations
- anchor building and evaluation (including qualification and quantification)
- physics principles as they apply to both climbing and rescue scenarios
- climbing belays and lightweight rescue belays using non-specialized gear
- ascending/descending techniques (with mechanical and non-mechanical devices)
- knot passes
- single pitch approaches
- multi-pitch approaches and transitions
- pulley systems
- improvised harness construction and application
- rope management skills
- belay escapes and various plaquette transitions
- rescuing the ‘second’ in a multi pitch setting
- rescuing the ‘leader’
- counter balance techniques
- tandem rappels
- use of both ‘dynamic’ and ‘static’ ropes
- rescue belays for 2-person loads
- risk management and decision-making
- pickoff techniques
- patient packaging
The above list is not exhaustive, nor is it a checklist. One of the hallmark traits of a Rigging for Rescue program is the flexible curriculum. Specific techniques & topics covered are influenced by the overall participant mix and their interests. Each Rigging for Rescue seminar or workshop is a custom experience.
Rigging for Rescue® Seminar – Personal Protective Equipment
- Personal gear participants are expected to bring:
a. Note-taking supplies
b. Warm, rugged outdoor clothing
c. Hiking/climbing or work boots with grippy soles
d. 4 locking carabiners
e. 5 metres of 25 mm (or wider) nylon webbing
(to construct a chest harness and connector strap)
f. 10 metres of 6mm nylon kernmantle cord (or a completed set of Purcell Prusiks)
g. 13 metres of 8mm nylon kernmantle cord
(to construct a set of Tandem Prusiks and a Radium Release Hitch)
j. Leather gloves
m. Personal first aid kit
n. Personal descent control device. Preferably, a device that includes a plaquette style auto- locking feature (e.g. Black Diamond ATC Guide, Kong GiGi, etc.).
- Optional equipment:
a. Dyneema/Spectra runners
b. Specialty ropes or cord you would like to see used and/or evaluated
c. Mini Prusik-minding-pulleys
d. Anything that has proved to be, is said to be, or could possibly be useful for rope rescue
We want to see what you use, how and why. We are looking for the best possible way to rescue and perhaps you have already identified that technique. Have you made modifications to existing equipment, designed and produced your own or have questions and concerns with equipment available commercially? Bring it along and we will share our findings and critical look so everyone can benefit. Printed materials, Power Points, video clips of trainings, training materials and favorite rescue books are all welcome additions to the seminar. Active participation is the best way to foster a rich and rewarding learning environment.
Self Rescue and Small Teams Response is 5 full days (45+ hours) and runs from 08:00 Monday to approximately 17:00 Friday. Each participant is responsible for their own transportation, personal equipment, food, and accommodation.
Fees: $1,145 US. A deposit of $250 US is required upon registration with final payment due two months prior to the workshop start date. Includes a smaller participant-to-instructor ratio than our RfR Seminar offering.