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Grey Round Patterns


What's it all about?

This 5-day, 10+ hours per day seminar is designed for rescue and rope access team leaders. Each day will be a combination of classroom learning and preparation followed by field-testing of systems, including the failing of those systems. This failure will be followed up with the students implementing a recovery of the system and rescuing the rescuer and patient from the failed system – a truly worse case rescue scenario all while recording relevant data and documenting practices.

Attendees will have the rare-if-ever opportunity to experience failures that are usually only talked about as theory and execute recoveries from those failures.

The course has been refined over the last 2 years to minimise in-class time and maximise time on rope. Be prepared to work long, and hard, hours. This is a 'grown-up' course. You will leave this course a better leader, and rescuer. 

Field topics may include:

Highlines and double reeve systems

Skate Blocks

TTRS and DMDB choices and consequences


AHD failures

Students must be NFPA Rope Technician, ITRA 3, MRA Rescue Leader, GRIMP IMP3 or Rope Access L3 qualified at a minimum. This course will be mentally and physically demanding. Contact us for clarification.

2023 will now include a 'Tactical Edition'

Designed for Law Enforcement - topics will include the above but also rescue from situations such as distressed person interventions, injured rappellers, dynamic and stealth tactics, protestor interventions and more. Hosted by Peel Regional Police Tactical Team and to be held in the Toronto area. 

Personal Gear Required:

  • Manufactured Class II or III harness

  • Helmet

  • Gloves

  • Rugged, closed toe shoes

  • Long pants

  • Water bottle

  • Pen and notepad

  • Hands free stop DCD or system with hands free stop.

  • Ascending system with 2 points of attachment at or above the waist

  • Dynamic cowstails or lanyards for fall protection/positioning

  • 6 x 24kn or greater locking carabiners

  • Assorted short slings and prusik cords

  • 5+m accessory cord


  • Backup/Fall Arrest device

  • Mechanical Ascending system

  • Small rope grab

  • Small Rescue pulley

Humility, joy, and a sense of humor are mandatory!

*We will have supplemental gear available to fill in gaps or give you options to try different gear/systems. All system rope in class will be 11mm (7/16). Please contact us if you have any specific needs.


"It’s tough to find the words to describe this class, but make no mistake, it is one of the best out there! Completely unique in almost every way, this course finally answers the questions we have all had about rope system failures, but not in the standard “do as the instructor says” way. This class is a fully immersive experience both in and out of the “classroom” with non-stop exposure to rope rescue and complex problem solving. From minute one, students are on rope and learning just as much from the instructors as the students in the class. My only gripe with this course is that we couldn’t spend even more days working together in the incredible venues with the awesome scenarios the instructors created. Ronin Rescue has created a program that I can confidently say is a must for every rope practitioner!"

-Erik Muhlenhaupt, City of Fairfax Fire Department 

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