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Mon, Sep 28


Moab, UT


Advanced Rescue Seminar with a focus on small diameter rope. In conjunction with The Crackerjack Group

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Time & Location

Sep 28, 2020, 8:00 a.m.

Moab, UT, Moab, UT 84532, USA

About the Course


With new technology and materials constantly evolving, equipment is getting smaller and lighter, yet still remaining sufficiently strong. Two questions are now brought to the forefront: “How small can we go?” and “How small are we willing to go?” In this four day workshop, we explore the unconventional ways to do rescue. Using small diameter (SD) rope and cordage, we will look at the pros and cons of trading more versatile equipment for lighter alternatives. Through discussion, practice, and testing, students will be exposed to techniques and equipment that follow a minimalist approach. With a population that embraces an active lifestyle, rescues deep in the backcountry are becoming more prevalent. Access and resources may be limited, increasing the emphasis to pack light and conserve energy. Students will be challenged to improvise with less equipment and less manpower, reducing the ability to rely on endless resources that may be available roadside.

Skills covered may include:

  • AHDs [SMC Vector, Monopods, Wrap and Frap AHDs]
  • Anchors [Removable anchors, Multi point anchors]
  • Lowering and Raising, Ascent and Descent with small diameter (SD) cordage
  • SD-compatible devices [Scarabs, ATCs, plaquette devices]
  • Travel restraint
  • Lightweight patient packaging
  • Principles and Forces
  • Changeovers/knot passing
  • Highlines
  • Rescue maneuvers [Panorama/San Juan Pickoffs]
  • Diminishing loop Counterbalances
  • Low edge transitions [Pike and pivots/Parbuckles]

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