Instructors: RfR 17/18.
If you have personal equipment, bring your ATC (Guide), helmet, harness, and locking carabiners. Rock shoes will not be necessary. Bring necessary food and equipment for a day spent scrambling outside.
This class builds on the ropework and anchoring classes before it. Now we’ll be entering low-angle terrain. Typically third class terrain where it is possible that protection wouldn’t be needed, but it becomes prudent in general and crosses over into required in certain sections.
Required for advancement to Rescue Member.
Special Note to Candidates:
Rigging, knots, and raising/lowering systems are complex topics. We cannot spend as much time or make the number of repetitions necessary to truly master this topic. In order to attain the proficiency necessary to successfully execute the technical rescue test, and even more importantly, to safely and efficiently rig these systems during operations, you will need to do some practice in addition to the trainings. This is especially relevant after Knots, Bends, Hitches, and Systems as most of the info presented here is used extensively in successive trainings.
Organizing small study groups one or two evenings a week to practice is a good method, but even making meaningful repetitions by yourself will help immensely. Feel free to call the Training Officer or any other Board or Rescue Member if you feel you need additional help with this important segment of your training. If you need to borrow gear from the rescue vehicles (for practice only), please make arrangements with John Bush, Equipment Officer.