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High Angle Self-Rescue Series · Sat. Mar. 14th - Sat. Apr. 4th

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Organized by: Zack Wentz.

Start: Saturday, Mar. 14th, 10:00 am
End: Saturday, Apr. 4th, 8:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Saturday, Mar. 14th, 9:00 am
Pre-trip meeting location: Angus 339


Ever found yourself in a situation where your partner was in trouble but you didn’t know what to do and needed to enlist outside help? Ever wondered what you would do in the event your partner gets severely injured while on a committing climb? Or are you just an experienced climber hoping to push their limits and knowledge-base, and wanting to have a backup in the event of an emergency? For whatever situation you fall into, there’s a solution! Join me, Zack Wentz, a certified AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, to show you the basic skills necessary to rescue yourself and your partner in a high-angle environment. Curriculum taught will include:


Day 1: Intro to self-rescue, equipment, emergency response plan, rescue knots/hitches


Day 2: Escaping the Belay


*Day 3: Descending considerations, tandem rappelling, counterbalance rappelling, pick-offs


Day 4: Ascending systems, roped soloing


*Day 5: Raising and Mechanical Advantage Systems


Day 6: Passing knots


Day 7: Improvised carrying devices, special considerations for evac, plus a full-scale mock rescue


*Denotes a day where a night-time mock rescue is planned.



While it may seem this curriculum is too lengthy for a single trip, each topic must be discussed to have a real solid foundation in self-rescue. Therefore, the workshops will begin on the morning of March 14th and span the weekends for three and a half concurrent weekends. Participation in all 7 workshops is HIGHLY recommended. However, due to the extended nature of this trip, participation in select days is acceptable. **Please note though, participation in the mock rescue is ONLY permitted with participation in the entire 7 sessions (unless participant can prove their knowledge of the material required for the mock rescue)**. Get stoked to be safe out there!

Posted: 2014-09-02 09:22:34
Last modified: 2015-03-23 10:44:52