This 5-day technical rescue training course is designed to train rescuers and rapid response team members in remote vertical rescue disciplines that may not be appropriate for large team insertions, helicopter evacuations or standard protocols often found in the rescue community. The goal of the training is to provide efficient rescue in the shortest timeframe possible using proven techniques with minimal equipment.
While this course follows NFPA standards for Level I/II, it departs from NFPA standards for some scenarios when using lighter, faster equipment, as well as the use of single rope techniques for some rescue scenarios. View Wilderness Rope Rescue JPRs.
Typical Rescue Scenarios:
- Injured climber on rope (conscience or unconscious)
- Injured or non-injured person trapped in a confined space or extremely dangerous terrain (caves, canyons, etc.)
- Falls in a high angle environment
- Short Roped (rope doesn’t reach the bottom and climber can’t get back up the rope)
- Climber stuck on rope due to equipment failure or jams
- Un-roped hiker/climber stuck on ledge or high point
- Multiple victim access/rescue
- Equipment Problems
This training course is held at the farm in Gallant, AL as well as various other locations, including Buck’s Pocket State Park in Alabama. The following subjects are covered in a field high-angle environment: SRT Review, equipment, anchors, knots, vector forces, mechanical advantage systems, re-directs, artificial high directionals, raises, lowers, belays, knot passes, and tenders in vertical, horizontal and confined space scenarios.
Be warned: the days run long and we will complete many high-angle rescue evolutions ranging from 30′ to 140′. This is a high-intensity class! This training is designed for individuals who want to practice their skills and/or learn more about technical rope rescue in a wilderness environment. All technical rescue equipment will be provided but the student must provide their own helmet, headlight, gloves, class-2 harness, 10′ length of 8mm Pruisk cord, and a minimum of 5 carabiners rated a minimum of 22kN. Each class is limited to 12 students.
For most wilderness scenarios we will use only the following gear (supplied by Randall’s Adventure & Training): 7-8mm cord w/ 6mm progress capture Prusiks, micro double sheave pulleys, single sheave pulleys, 7mm Prusik loops, Mini-Rack, 8-Plate, ATS or alternate descender/lowering device, 1” flat webbing, SRT climbing system, 9-11mm main lines / belay lines.
We advise studying the National Park Technical Rescue Manual (11th Edition). Students will be provided a hard copy of this manual on the first day of the course. You can also download our classroom PowerPoint here.