High Angle and Rope Rescue Training


Last week the students worked on high angle rescue techniques.  Using high lines, mechanical advantage systems, and other related rope management systems, the students rescued “patients” from cliffs, confined spaces, and removed large boulders that trapped or pinned arms or legs.  This content was a continuation of the students rope management skills from the fall rock climbing course and advanced their tool box for hazardous terrain extrication and patient management.  Post training and practice, the students were involved in a multi-hour, multi-casualty scenario that went into the evening.  During the winter and spring, similar skills will be used to pull people out of crevasses on a mountain glacier and rescue pinned/trapped people and boats in whitewater situations.  Add to this lost person search methodology and experience and the students will be very well rounded in basic search and rescue experience.