Two Rope Rescue Systems for High-Angle Mountain Rescue

$165.00

Nov 14, 0900 – 1600 MST
Provided By: Cyril Shokoples, Rescue Dynamics

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Description

Nov 14, 0900 – 1600 MST
Provided By: Cyril Shokoples, Rescue Dynamics

This outdoor workshop is designed to provide a brief overview of several of the more common variations of 2 rope rescue systems used in mountain rescue. Through demonstrations and hands-on practice, the participant will be exposed to purpose-built systems using the MPDTM and ClutchTM as well as lighter-weight component based systems using the Scarab® or ATC®.

The presenter(s) will demonstrate a structured approach to command and control, selecting an edge transition location, constructing edge restraints and subsequent main anchor construction and evaluation using the DARN Solid mnemonic.

Discussions will take place on various topic including:

  •  the shift away from a 10:1 static system safety factor towards the more recent “force limiting” approach for determining system strength requirements
  • DARN Solid – a newer anchor evaluation mnemonic for use in rescue systems
  • Assessing the mission profile and managing the edge transition to determine if DCTTRS or SMSB is a more appropriate approach

Participants will be given an opportunity to participate in a lowering and raising operation in one of several positions, such as:

  • Device operator
  • Tailer
  • Attendant
  • Mock patient
  • Edge person
  • Spotter

OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of this one day workshop the participant will be able to:

  1.  Describe the major differences between single main / single belay (SMSB) systems and dual-capability two tension rope systems (DCTTRS) as used in mountain rescue
  2. Discuss the controversy regarding managing the edge transition using SMSB versus DCTTRS
  3. Discuss mitigating strategies when managing the edge transition
  4. Discuss the main differences between purpose-built and component-based two rope rescue systems when using the following devices:
    1. CMC ClutchTM
    2. MPD TM (Multi-Purpose Device)
    3. Scarab® Rescue Tool as part of a component based system
    4. V-groove assisted-braking style devices (i.e. Delta V®, ATC® or Reverso®) only if time permits
  5. Describe the concept of “force-limiting” as used in various rope rescue systems
  6. Discuss the DARN Solid mnemonic for anchor assessment in rescue systems
  7.  Assist as a team member (under supervision) during a mock two rope rescue system using one or more of the following:
    1. CMC ClutchTM
    2. MPD TM (Multi-Purpose Device)
    3. Scarab® Rescue Tool as part of a component based system
    4. V-groove assisted-braking style devices (i.e. Delta V®, ATC® or Reverso®) only if time permits
  8. Assist as a team member (under supervision) during a mock two rope rescue        system during both a lowering and raising operation

PREREQUISITES

Participants will be required to sign a waiver of liability. Each participant must provide their own modern well-fitting CE approved climbing seat harness and CE approved climbing helmet. Both must be in good condition. Industrial full-body harnesses will not be appropriate for this session, as the focus is on mountain rescue rather than industrial applications.

Previous exposure and experience in rope handling and tying knots as used in climbing is desirable. Indoor climbing gym experience is acceptable. Those not familiar with climbing techniques may attend to observe but may be limited with regard to which roles they can actively participate in.