High Angle Rescue for the Mountain Rescuer


This 2-day “hands on” workshop is structured for mountain rescue personnel committed to developing and reinforcing their technical rope rescue skills in a variety of challenging difficult terrain settings. Our primary emphasis in this team oriented overview will be exploring select rigging options and techniques that are safe, timely, efficient, and most importantly, gentle on the patient and rescuers.  All pre-conference programs have limited enrollment to ensure the quality of the learning experience. Please register early to guarantee your space!

Cost and Logistics

  • Dates: Wednesday, September 20th – Thursday, September 21st
  • Cost: $225 per person
  • Not Included: Lodging, Food, and Transportation. See our Getting Here page for area information.
  • Venue: Kendall Mtn Recreation Center  |  Silverton, CO  
  • Cancellation Policy:  60% of the cost can be refunded up to 30 days prior to the workshop start.  No refunds are provided for cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the start of the workshop for which you are registered.  We cannot be responsible for any personal or travel conditions that may prevent attendance at the course.

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Curriculum Highlights:

  • Team Rescue Hauling Systems – 2:1, 3:1, 6:1 and 9:1
  • Self-Rescue Hauling Systems on Rock and on Snow and Ice – 2:1, 3:1. 5:1, 6:1
  • Pulley Systems – simple, compound and complex
  • Anchor Systems – for snow and ice
  • Use of a Guiding Line
  • Patient Packaging – in a winter or cold weather environment
  • Specialized Rescue Equipment – continued use of a litter
  • Rope Climbing Techniques – with a friction-hitch system
  • Belay Escapes – escaping a loaded crevasse rescue fall
  • Belays – tandem prusik belays, and body belays
  • Special Considerations for Mountain Rescue
  • Crevasse Rescue – critical procedures for team and self-rescue
  • Helicopter Operations – continued discussion of the specialized issues that surround helicopter operations in the mountains.
  • Physics of Rescue Systems on Anchors and on Equipment
  • Rappelling – continuing discussions of rappelling in a highly volatile environment
  • Knots – figure-eight family, overhand, double-overhand-on-a-bite, bowline, double bowline, long-tail bowline, butterfly, high tension tie-off
  • Bends – double-fisherman’s, overhand flat bend, and water bend,
  • Hitches – prusik, kliemheist, autoblock, clove, munter, and garda
  • Load Releasable Hitches – munter-mule and radium-release
  • Bolts and Bolting Technique

The two days will be spent in the classroom and off-site for hands-on training. Topics discussed:

  • Knots Review
  • Hardware
  • Method and Systems Review
  • Advanced Systems
  • Rope Management
  • Rappelling Basics
  • Patient Handling (emphasis on vertical)
  • Rappelling
  • Litter Tending
  • Simulated Rescues
  • Challenging Scenarios
  • Advanced Situations

Those who take this course will have a strong understanding of the high-angle rescue scenarios.