1-3 May 2020, Petzl Technical Institute, Salt Lake City

Description: Open enrolment class for people with high pre-existing knowledge and skill set in rope rescue operations.  This training will focus on the choices backcountry rescue teams may be able to make when moving and operating in remote areas.  The systems presented will predominantly be built with 8mm ropes.  The program will be a 50/50 mix of theory and practice.  The theory component will work up to the understanding required to justify the use of reduced weight systems and to determine what factor of safety they offer and correctly identify any compromises.

Schedule: 3 days – 24 hours  – May 1 to May 3, 2020 

Cost: $680.00 each – maximum of 20 participants 

Location:  Petzl Technical Institute, 2929 Decker Lake Dr, Salt Lake City, Utah 84119   https://petzlsolutions.com/about

Registration: First come-first served. Please send an email expressing your interest to richard@ropelab.com.au – on receipt, we will send you an invoice for $US680 with the details of options for payment.

DISCLAIMER: This workshop is part of the Pre-Symposium Program for the Petzl Technical Rescue Symposium. This workshop is not a Petzl event – it is being hosted by RopeLab. Workshop participation does not guarantee the option of registering at the Petzl Technical Rescue Symposium however positions may be made available for those wishing to participate in both.

Content

This three-day workshop will introduce and explore some of the physics that can underpin a deep understanding of many of the techniques used by roping technicians.  Theoretical and practical sessions will focus on equipment, knots, ratings, friction, and mechanical advantage and will explore some of the misconceptions that are commonly taught as fact.

One of our greatest challenges lies in selecting and using the most appropriate equipment for any task.  Vehicle based vs. remote operation, aluminium vs. steel hardware, 40kg tripod vs. 2kg gin pole, 11mm vs. 6mm rope, full-body vs. climbers’ sit harness, nylon vs. polyester vs. aramid rope.

Tripods and gin poles are becoming more common because they are excellent tools for managing loads in complex environments.  One of the key themes for this workshop will be that Gin Poles are the ultimate teaching tool for Artificial High Directionals.  If we understand the theory of tensile and compressive forces and how they act then it is relatively straight forward to work with Gin Poles.  Once these basics are established, other multi-legged and guyed structures seem simple.  Learn how to set up and use these tools and to recognise and manage the additional hazards they introduce.

There will be a healthy mix of theoretical and practical sessions presented both inside and outdoors.  Sessions will include but not be limited to the following areas:

  • Underpinning physics and theory
  • System design and use of load cells
  • Dual Main rope systems
  • Vertical mobility
  • Use of a range of high directionals
  • Use of lightweight equipment in rigging and rescue.

While there will be no formal assessment of skills or understanding, we will provide you with a Certificate of Attendance to support your professional development requirements.

Presenters

This workshop will be co-presented by Richard Delaney (RopeLab) and Tom Wood (Elevated Safety).

Richard Delaney and Tom Wood