Self Rescue and Small Team Response

Last week was our Self Rescue and Small Team Response Workshop held at our home base of Ouray, Colorado. The participants were keen, the weather was flawless, and we had an outstanding week of training. Exercises included basic belay escapes and transfers of tension, rescuing the second as well as the leader using counter-balance techniques, [...]

From the Archive…

A demonstration drop test of the British Columbia Council on Technical Rescue Belay Competence Drop Test Method 1 meter drop on 3 meters of 11 millimeter low stretch rope with a 200kg test mass.  The belay device is a mechanical rope grab: the Gibbs ascender.

West Metro Fire

Rigging for Rescue recently traveled to Colorado's Front Range to work with a group of firefighters from multiple agencies around the state.  The course was hosted by West Metro Fire and was a great training with highly skilled participants.  Included in the exercises were difficult edge transitions with a vertically oriented litter, a deflection line, [...]

New Location for 2012!

Many thanks to our friends at Las Vegas Metro PD SAR for working with us to now offer an open enrollment seminar in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area on the west end of Las Vegas.  Those of you who have had the good fortune to climb out at Red Rock Canyon will instantly recognize [...]

Denali Climbing Rangers and 212th RQS

Another great training with Denali NP and the 212th Rescue Squadron.  This year's training took place out of the Serenity Falls Hut in Chugach State Park.

Update and Beyond, Ouray 2012

Once again, a great crew of participants traveled to Ouray, Colorado to attend a Rigging for Rescue Update and Beyond Seminar.  This seminar is open only to previous Rigging for Rescue seminar participants.  The next Update and Beyond Seminar will be held in Yosemite, California in October.  Check out our website for more information.

Difficult Edge Transitions

Difficult edge transitions are among the more challenging scenarios one may encounter rope rescue.  Occasionally, situations arise when a team must negotiate an abrupt edge with no high directional, and the patient condition does not allow for a vertical litter orientation.  In these circumstances, a smooth operation hinges on a strong and coordinated litter attendant, [...]

Good times with the slow pull machine

In November of last year, the Rescue Program Coordinator from Rocky Mountain Fire visited us in Ouray with an interesting question: can wildland firefighters use their fire hose as anchor material in an improvised rescue scenario? The following videos show two pulls that we did on a .75" forestry hose (commonly referred to as a [...]

New Course Offering: Self Rescue and Small Team Response Workshop

Climbers, guides, mountain rescue practitioners, and military personnel are who we had in mind in crafting the Self Rescue and Small Team Response 5-day workshop.  The workshop will focus exclusively on personal and self rescue ropework techniques as well as some improvised small team approaches to realistic rope rescue challenges.

Springtime in the Valley…

Rigging for Rescue offers two open enrollment seminars each Spring in California's Yosemite Valley.  The March 31-April 6 seminar already has a waiting list, but there are spots still remaining in the March 3-9 offering.  More information about seminars in the Valley can be found on our website here: http://dev.riggingforrescue.com/yosemite2.html  

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