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 required evening sessions will consist of Team Leader topics such as rescue pre-planning, command and communications, strategy and tactics of rope and confined space rescues, 10:1 SSSF, SWL WLL and MBS, Redundancy, Is Stronger Better? , and Small Team tactics.

*System failures have been carefully designed for safety and will not use live loads.

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.

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.

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MAY 2-6, 2022

Long Beach, CA
JUNE 13-17, 2022

SEPT 19-23, 2022

AUGUST 8-12, 2022



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