Rescue training

Tom Dunlap

Here from the beginning
This is an email that I got from a self-rsecue list server that I subscribe to. The training might be of interest to arbos since cavers and arbos have a lot more incommon than we do with rock climbers.

If anyone is going to attend any of the classes, let me know. I'd like to hear more about the class.



I thought you might be interested in the following self rescue classes that
are currently being taught in California. In addition to technical skills,
emphasis is placed on the decision making process needed to deal with a
caving incident. Scenarios in each class are based on a caving party of 3-5

April 27 - Hauling and Lowering Systems
Hosted by Diablo Grotto
Class Location: Berkeley CA

May 18 - Medical Assessment
Hosted by Columbia Grotto
Class Location: Columbia CA

September 28 - Pickoffs (tentative date)
Hosted by San Francisco Bay Chapter
Class Location: San Francisco Bay Area, CA

If you or your grotto is interested in hosting a class, feel free to contact
Cindy Heazlit at:

Further information on the various classes can be found at:

This class teaches cavers how to improvise various rescue hauling and
lowering systems using their own vertical gear. Cavers will also learn how
to place an anchor so that it is optimized for safety and rescue. Students
will learn how to rig a 1:1, 2:1, Z-rig, 4:1, Yosemite, and Counterbalance
haul system. They will learn the advantages and disadvantages of each type
of system. In addition, the students will be taught how to perform a fixed
brake lower. Cavers will learn what kind of gear can work as a substitute
for pulleys and ascenders. Special emphasis will be placed on edge
techniques, and how to avoid problems during a raise. Students will also
learn how to determine when the problem is too large, difficult, or
dangerous for self rescue.

This course teaches cavers how to avoid accidents, medically assess an
accident, and take the appropriate response. Students will learn about the
most common mechanisms of accidents and injuries in caving. They will learn
about the major dangers an injured caver must face, and, more importantly,
how to mitigate them. The students will learn about medical assessment aids
such as the ABCs, SOAP, and SAMPLE. They will learn how to do an overall
patient evaluation, and perform hands-on exercises. In addition, students
will learn how to deal with simple injuries using the gear that they have in
their cave packs.

This class teaches cavers how to perform pickoffs for rescue. The student
will learn how to perform a pickoff and rappel, a pickoff with fixed brake
lower, and a counterbalance pickoff of an unconscious patient. Cavers will
learn methods to safely transfer the weight of a patient from off of their
own gear onto a descending device. They will also learn about the effects of
harness pathology, and how it can affect a caver stuck on rope.


Active Member
Ft. Bragg, Ca.
This is a good one, Tom. New techniques of ariel rescue that can be learned and passed on to the arborists trade. Certainly there should be some work books available that follow the course. Also a good company should pay expenses for one of their best to attend the course and bring back the knowledge to the rest.

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