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Rock Self-Rescue Refresher Series

This three-part seminar series was created to provide a venue for refreshing rock self-rescue skills. It was designed for Intermediate Alpine Climbing students and graduates who have completed initial rock self-rescue training.

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Intermediate Refresher Series: Rock Self Rescue Refresher

Sponsored by The Tacoma Mountaineers, Advancing Alpinism subcommittee

All Mountaineers enrolled in an Intermediate Alpine Climbing Course complete foundational training in small party (generally two-person) rock self-rescue. Such training generally involves learning belay escape strategies, counterweight rappel, tandem rappel, and raising and lowering a follower. These skills, although initially learned and assessed at a standard of reasonable basic competence at a rock rescue field trip, are among the most perishable skills that intermediate Mountaineers ever acquire, since their future performance is rarely, if ever required. If not regularly practiced, many of these technical skills are lost or suffer substantial degradation over time, which compromises future climbing safety and risk management in the event of a climbing accident. This three-part seminar series was created to provide a venue for refreshing rock self-rescue skills. It was designed for Intermediate Alpine Climbing students and graduates who have completed initial rock self-rescue training. It covers the same basic material on rock rescue presented during the first year of the Intermediate Alpine Climbing course, and updates it with some additional enhancements to improve flexibility and efficiency.

 

 

Rock rescue refresher clinic:
Rescuing yourself and your follower
 
Gregg J. Gagliardi
 
Sponsored by Advancing Alpinism
 
In this three-part clinic participants will (a) review rock rescue techniques learned at the intermediate rock rescue field trip and (b) acquire new skills that supplement, complement or enhance previously learned techniques.
 
The first evening focuses on rescue by ascent, both self-ascent and hauling a follower. The second night focuses on rescue by descent, including passing a knot when lowering another climber using two joined ropes. The third evening, which focuses on rescues involving more serious injuries or disability, teaches counterweight rappel and multi-pitch tandem rappel techniques using a rescue spider.   
 
Prerequisite: Completion of a Mountaineers' Intermediate rock rescue field trip, course or equivalent. 
 
When: June 11, 12 and 14, 2018, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.
 
Where: Tacoma Program Center
 
Skills to review in preparation for the clinic: Belaying off the anchor in guide mode, Klemheist hitch, Z-pulley hauling system, Munter Mule Overhand (MMOH) tied on the anchor as well as on the harness).   
 
Reading: A clinic handout containing recommended reading and videos will be provided to registered participants in advance of the clinic. 
 
 
 
 
 
Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

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Gear requirements
 
Harness, helmet, autoblocking belay device (e.g., BD ATC Guide, Petzl Reverso, Edelrid Mega Jul), 5 large HMS locking carabiners, 6 non-locking carabiners, one cordelette, 9 slings (2 single, 4 doubles; 2 autoblocks), one short locker quickdraw (locking carabiners on both ends), personal lanyard (e.g., Metolius PAS or double-length webbing runner), climbing rope (30 meter half-rope for each pair of participants required). If you own a Gri Gri bring it. If you own a Petzl Microtraxion, bring it; ditto re Kong Roll N Lock.
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