Advanced Rigging and Improvised Team-Based Rescue
Technical rigging and rescue is a blend of science and art. The science can be learned by the memorization and repetitive practice of systems. But the efficient and effective adaptation of those systems to a variety of dynamic scenarios is an art that must be developed through an understanding of core principles and concepts.
Our Ultralight Rigging & Rescue workshop goes beyond memorization of basic systems. The focus is always on the critical thinking, creative problem-solving and systems analysis skills required to accomplish missions efficiently and effectively. Workshop participants learn to rely on knowledge and skills rather than technology — accomplishing more with minimal lightweight gear.
Ultralight Rigging & Rescue focuses on safe and efficient rigging for rappelling, self rescue, companion rescue and improvised team-based rescue, quick access to an injured or stranded patient/group from above or below, providing escape assistance and applying specialized rescue techniques in situations that might not require a litter. Students are challenged by scenarios that test rigging skills and expand problem-solving capabilities. This workshop is ideally suited to recreational climbers and canyoneers, rappel masters, outdoor leaders, professional guides, backcountry rescue personnel, and the special operations community.
Training modules include:
Advanced Rigging (1 Day)
- specialized single-rope and twin-rope rigging for rappelling
- planning for contingencies, pre-rigging for rescue
- situational application of various types of belay
- simple lifts, shifts and lowers for rescue
- converting static rappel rigging to lower
- rigging retrievable safety-lines
- guide ropes and tag lines for rappelling, lowering and raising
- understanding how mechanical advantage and friction affect anchor loads
Advanced On-Rope Skills and Contact Rescues (1 Day)
- ascending and transitions on fixed ropes
- ascending a guide rope
- tandem ascending and mid-rope lowers
- tandem rappels and lowers
- single rope and twin rope pick-offs
- balancier pick-off on tensioned rope
- counter-balance techniques for rappelling and rescue
- diminishing loop counterbalance ascending
- knot passing while rappelling or ascending
- improvised patient carries
Improvised Team-Based Rescue (2 Days)
- adapting light-weight ropes and multi-purpose gear for rigging and technical rescue
- physics principles in rigging and rescue
- simple, compound and complex mechanical advantage pulley systems
- tensioned twin rope systems for lowering and raising
- tensioned twin skate block systems
- utilizing natural and improvised high directionals for rappelling and rescue
- rigging artificial high directionals; gin poles, A-frames and tripods
- knot passing in lowering and raising systems
Ultralight Rigging & Rescue is four full days, running from 08:00 to approximately 17:00 each day. You may register for back-to-back Ultralight Rigging & Rescue Workshop (Monday-Thursday) and Rappel Master Workshop (Friday-Saturday). Participants are responsible for their own transportation, accommodations, food and personal equipment.
Prerequisite: ART of RopeWork OR Instructor Permission
NOTE: You will be expected to complete online instruction prior to the start of the hands-on workshop. After the workshop, you will retain access to the online materials to use for review.
See also: Canyon Rescue Technician
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Custom Contract Training
Custom training can be tailored to your specific needs and taught at your location. This allows your team to develop skills based on the local environment and the rigging and rescue situations they could most likely encounter. Contact Us to discuss your training needs.