Assistant Canyon Leader Assessment

Assistant Leader and Canyon Leader Equivalency Assessments
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Assistant Canyon Leader Assessment

Technical Skills Assessment required of Assistant Canyon Leaders

Assessment Purpose: This assessment verifies that the canyoner has the technical skills required of an Assistant Leader. Assistant Leaders in canyons often get less practice than students while in canyon, but must be prepared to manage high-stress or challenging technical situations independently. They are the second set of safety eyes, the back-up belayer, the efficient rigger when the day is getting late, and the support for the nervous student. They also serve as redundancy in skills in case something happens to the leader. Leaders need their assistants to have the skills demonstrated in this assessment.

Assessment Objectives:

Students must be able to demonstrate, at minimum, sufficiency in the skills being assessed. Sufficiency = 3 on the Mastery Hierarchy: (1=failure, 2=insufficient, 3=sufficient, 4=proficient, 5=mastery). These skills are not expected to be done quickly or perfectly, but rather showcase that students are able to demonstrate the required technical skills, without any critical safety errors. Sufficiency means a student is at a suitable level of skill for independence.

While the primary purpose of this assessment is to demonstrate technical skills, students may be asked to explain certain aspects of a technical skill to verify understanding of its application. 

SKILLS BEING ASSESSED:

  • Cairn anchors: inspecting, building, backing up, rappelling
  • Building webbing anchors around a tree (one redundant and one non-redundant)
  • Building an anchor from a rock pinch
  • Assessing and building suitable bottom anchor for guided rappel
  • Joining two ropes together for retrieval
  • Isolating a coreshot (butterfly or stacked overhand; isolation method must include a safe clip in point)
  • Rappelling double strand
  • Passing a knot double strand
  • Rigging and managing a rebelay starting at the first pitch
  • Tensioning a guided rappel using an Italian 8
  • Converting a stuck releasable system (static rigging) to a lower
  • Converting a releasable system to a haul and bringing a teammate back to the anchor
  • Performing a direct rescue with a pickoff strap
  • Trip plan test (to be done at home) 

      Guidelines

      Candidates may use any piece of equipment on their harness to complete the techniques being assessed. Additional equipment will be provided by the assessors if necessary for specific techniques.

      Canyon Leader Equivalency Assessment

      Assessment Purpose: This assessment verifies that the canyoner has the technical skills required of a Canyon Leader. 

      Assessment Objectives:

      Candidates must be able to demonstrate proficiency  in the skills being assessed. Proficiency = 4 on the Mastery Hierarchy: (1=failure, 2=insufficient, 3=sufficient, 4=proficient, 5=mastery). Candidates should demonstrate fluid execution, clear understanding of concepts, quick self-correction, and a depth of knowledge that includes application and supporting concepts. Skills must be demonstrated without critical safety errors.

      While the primary purpose of this assessment is to demonstrate technical skills, candidates may be asked to explain certain aspects of a technical skill to verify understanding of its application. 

      SKILLS BEING ASSESSED:

      • Personal Movement & Communication
        • Timed test <5 mins: Ascend single strand on mechanical ascenders, pass a knot, covert to rappel, descend, pass a knot
        • Whistle signals
        • Hand signals: Ok, stop, lower rope, take up rope, set up a guide line/zip bags, send a rope
        • Ascending, passing a knot, converting to descent, passing a knot double strand (untimed)
      • Rope & Gear Management
        • Bagging rope with a BFK
        • Zipping packs
      • Anchors
        • Cairn anchors: inspecting, building, backing up, rappelling
        • Building webbing anchors around a tree (one redundant and one non-redundant)
        • Building an anchor from a rock pinch
        • Assessing and building suitable bottom anchor for guided rappel
      • Rigging
        • Retrievable traverse line
        • Linking unlinked bolts
        • Munter-Mule-Overhand
        • Eight-Mule-Overhand
        • Hybrid knot/carabiner block 
        • Twin static system (either with a stone hitch or alpine butterfly)
        • Twin releasable system (EMO & MMO with double-ended bag system)
        • Joining two ropes together for retrieval
        • Rigging and managing a rebelay starting at the first pitch
        • Rigging a guided rappel using an Italian 8 to tension the system
      • Problem solving and rescue
        • Timed test <1:30: Indirect rescue - cutting subject's rope and lowering on a rescue rope
        • Isolating a coreshot (butterfly or stacked overhand; isolation method must include a safe clip in point)
        • Converting a stuck releasable system (static rigging) to a lower
        • Converting a releasable system to a haul and bringing a teammate back to the anchor
        • Performing a direct rescue with a pickoff strap
      • Trip plan test (to be done at home) 

          Guidelines

          Candidates may use any piece of equipment on their harness to complete the techniques being assessed. Additional equipment will be provided by the assessors if necessary for specific techniques.