[nb: this is an expedited version of the 3-day Canyon Rescue Course (ACE-L4) ... all skills will be covered in only 2 long-ish days! The $100 collected by Meetup for this event is the Deposit. The balance will be due the first day of class, or before.]
Train Hard. Plan Well. Be Safe. (but accidents still happen)
This Canyon Rescue Course (ACE-L4) by Uber Adventures teaches the skills necessary to perform immediate, in-canyon self-rescues, partner rescues, and how to assist with group emergencies … all with your groups’ normal rack-and-pack (the minimal gear you should carry on your harnesses and in your packs.) Boost your confidence and fill your mental toolbox with skills to handle technical emergencies. This course not only teaches you the skills and methods necessary to execute a variety of rescue procedures, but it provides the impetus for critical thinking through an emergency.
How would you help a canyoneer stuck on a rope?
How would you help an unconscious canyoneer stuck on a rope?
How quickly could you figure out how to convert a static block to a lowering system?
Could you haul a rappeller back to the top of a drop by yourself?
Have you ever been in a canyon, assessing a fictional problem and felt helpless?
Are your responsibilities in a canyoneering event greater because you’re the leader/organizer?
Would you like to be a more valuable team member?
This course is vital for not only canyoneering leaders, but also for conscientious recreational canyoneers who value their own safety and the safety of their party. With the technical skills presented in this course, you could prevent the need for calling in an expensive Search And Rescue team, avoid putting rescuers at risk, avoid spending the night in a canyon, and continue a canyon descent with a non-critically injured teammate.
Prerequisite: Participants should have some advanced formal canyoneering-specific training. This course builds on the skills taught in the Uber Adventures’ 3-day Technical Canyoneering Course (ACE-L1), the Advanced Canyoneering Course (ACE-L2) AND the Canyon Essentials Course (ACE-L3). While we are not requiring the completion of each of those courses as a prerequisite, those who have had advanced formal canyoneering training will find it easier to ‘keep-up’ with this curriculum. If you’re not sure if this is the course for you, please give us a call and we can discuss your skills and training.
The topics and skills covered will include:
*Knots, Rope Grabs & Progress Capture Methods
*Anchors, Rigging & Friction Dynamics for Rescue
*Mechanical Advantage and Haul Systems
*Converting Static Rigging to Haul or Lower
*Assisted Rappel & Tandem Rappel Techniques
*Hero Rescue, Balancier Lift
*Rappelling on a Tensioned Rope
*Guide Ropes, Tag Lines, Belays
*Special Ascending Techniques for Rescue
*Pick-Off Procedures Scenario
*Considerations for musculoskeletal injuries
Logistics: This course will be held on Saturday & Sunday ... most of the course will be held at at my exclusive training site within the Virgin River Gorge near St George, Utah with a portion possibly held at a Picnic area in the Cedar Pocket campgrounds. There should be plenty of super-cheap camping at Cedar Pocket which is a first-come/first-served park, or you can make other lodging/camping arrangements on your own.
Tuition: This Canyon Rescue Course (ACE-L4) is $395 per individual. A $100 deposit reserves your space in this class. The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferrable but may be put toward a future course in the same calendar year if 30 days notice are given cancelling your participation in this course. Feel free to post any questions on this event or send me a greeting/e-mail through meetup.
Included with tuition is: A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION!!
Instructor: Klaus Gerhart
ACE Master Instructor/Certified Guide, ACGA Certified Guide, Officer and Instructor, Certified Tactical Rappel Master, Wilderness First Responder, Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Technical Rope Rescue Technician, Basic Mountaineering Instructor, Map & Compass Navigation Instructor and a Master Educator for Leave No Trace wilderness ethics.