Rock Rescue Course: Banff & Canmore AB
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Banff / Canmore

Rock Rescue

Rock Rescue Training In-Field Canada

Summary

 Summer
  • Cost:
  • $165

Location: Canmore and Banff, Canadian Rockies   Duration: 1 Day   Fitness: Average   Ability: Intermediate   Prerequisites: Prior Climbing Experience  

Become a self-sufficient rock climber with our comprehensive high angle rock rescue course. This 1 day intensive course is designed to meet the needs of climbers wanting to learn high angle rock rescue or to refresh their rock rescue skills with the latest advanced technique and new style multi-use belay devices, all in a perfect safe and controlled environment.

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Course Information

This is an intensive rock rescue course, fully comprehensive with 16 lessons.

As a climber, one needs to be self-sufficient in a high angle climbing environment and rope rescue skills are critical. After taking this course participants will be perpared to execute an efficient rope rescue in varying situations.

This 1 day intensive course is designed to meet the needs of climbers wanting to learn high angle rock rescue or to refresh their rock rescue skills with the latest advanced technique and new style multi-use belay devices, all in a perfect safe and controlled environment.

You will learn how to:

  • Prepare for rescue situations
  • Escape the climbing system
  • Perform raises and lowers
  • Self rescue

We will also cover rope ascending techniques, reversing certain belay methods, and safe decision making.

We will also discuss the implications of carrying out a rescue in technical terrain.

The rescue system taught is the same used by professional guides.

At the same time, we cover all essentials, such as equipment, safety protocols, and hazard management. The result is the knowledge to carry out simple rescue procedures in an emergency situation on rock.

Participants will find it useful to know a variety of knots and hitches for this course. Ie Figure 8, Overhand, Munter hitch, Clove hitch, Prussik hitch, Garda Hitch.

Day One

  • 07:00 Meet at Gear Up Sports in Canmore
  • Meet and greet, sign waivers
  • Morning Meeting: Discuss current weather, local conditions, objectives, gear check
  • Lesson 1
  • Drive to course location
  • Lessons 2 – 16
  • Lunch at around noon
  • 17:00 End of day. Debrief, discuss next steps
  • Course Closure

Clothing

During the summer months weather conditions are constantly changing – be prepared for hot or cold days and rain.

*Please dress according to the forecast for the course days.

  • Climbing pants or sweatpants
  • T-shirt
  • Mid layer fleece
  • Weatherproof jacket
  • Down or synthetic “puffy” insulated jacket
  • Warm hat and ballcap
  • Light gloves
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Sturdy hiking shoes or boots
  • 25-35L daypack

Equipment

  • Rock shoes
  • Harness
  • Helmet
  • Belay device
  • Locking carabiner
  • Chalk bag
  • Hiking pole (optional)

Your instructor will also bring;

Guide’s Gear

  • Guide’s first aid kit
  • Cell phone
  • Programmable radio
  • Guide’s tarp
  • 2 x 60m ropes
  • Belay devices: Gri-Gri, Auto-block
  • Anchor material
  • 4 locking carabiners
  • 8 non-locking carabiners
  • 12 quick-draws

Food & Water

  • Please make sure to pack a lunch, snacks, and water for the day

We take pride in our concise Rock Rescue curriculum

In this one day course you will learn what gear you need on your harness and how to use every piece of equipment in multiple ways

  • Lesson 1 Equipment: Harness, helmet, and other necessary rescue gear
  • Lesson 2 Environment : Leave no trace and wildlife discussion.
  • Lesson 3 Onsite safety: Current hazards and safety protocols.
  • Lesson 4 The Implications of Rescue: Discussion
  • Lesson 5 Equipment: Being prepared for a rescue
  • Lesson 6 Rope Rescue Components: Knots and Hitches
  • Lesson 7 Rock Rescue Demonstration: Steps in Rope Rescue
  • Lesson 8 Blocking the Belay: To free the hands
  • Lesson 9 Transfering the Load: From belayer to anchor
  • Lesson 10 Assessing the Situation: Attend the victim?
  • Lesson 11 Raising: Setting up a basic Z pulley haul system
  • Lesson 12 Lowering: Setting up to lower and injured climber
  • Lesson 13 Counterbalance Rappel: How to descend and retrieve an injured climber
  • Lesson 14 Tandem Rappeling: How to rappel with an injured climber
  • Lesson 15 Reversing the Belay: How to reverse a self locking plate ie Reverso®
  • Lesson 16 Rope Ascending and Descending: Use of different systems

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Important Information

We strongly recommend you purchase Trip Cancellation Insurance upon booking and Emergency Evacuation insurance.

Emergency Evacuation and Medical

This coverage provides you with emergency air rescue if required and full medical. Parks Canada provides free evacuation within the Parks and if you are a Canadian resident your medical will be covered by National Health.

We strongly recommend international visitors purchase this insurance. Emergency evacuation insurance is also compulsory for all our hut trips, as these typically take place outside of Parks Canada’s jurisdiction.

Trip Cancellation Insurance

To prepare for unforeseen circumstances we strongly recommend purchasing Trip Cancellation Insurance at the time of booking your trip. Trip Cancellation insurance covers many scenarios to reimburse you for cancelled trips outside of your control.

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All course prices are quoted in Canadian Dollars and are exclusive of a 5% Federal GST. Prices are subject to change.

Full payment is required at time of registration. Our preferred method of payment is by Mastercard or VISA through our online payment portal. We also accept Credit Card payment over the phone, bank transfer and cash.

Mountain Skills Academy takes mountain safety very seriously, however there is no way to completely mitigate risk in alpine environments. Prior to undertaking any of our courses or trips we require you to sign a waiver.

Mountain conditions are extremely unpredictable and can change at short notice. Our guides endeavor to undertake the routes and/or peaks that our clients desire, however our decisions will be impacted by conditions. Unfortunately we are not able to offer refunds if conditions are not suitable to undertake a particular route on the day you have booked. We will however make every effort to take you out for the best day possible given the conditions.

Applicable to all tours and courses*: If conditions force us to cancel a course or trip we will do all we can to accommodate you at another date. If this isn’t possible we will offer a full refund. We reserve the right to decline rescheduling dates based on availability. *Does not apply to First Aid and WFR courses.

Adventures Cancellation Policy

Half Day and Full Day Programs

  • Within 24 hours: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, no reschedule.
  • Outside of 24 hours: $25 rescheduling fee per booking or full refund.
Multi Day Programs
  • 2 Day Programs: Within 10 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 10 days: $25 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.
  • 3+ Day Programs: 30 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 30 days: $75 penalty to reschedule or full refund.
  • Customized Trips: 30 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 30 days: $75penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

**On all multi day trips pre arranged add-ons are non-refundable (food, accommodation, etc).

Courses Cancellation Policy

1-2 Day Courses

  • Within 10 days: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition
  • Outside of 10 days: $75 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

3+ Day Courses

  • Within 30 days: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition
  • Outside of 30 days: $75 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

**If you are able to find someone else to take your place on a course, please let us know as we are more than happy to transfer bookings.

Minors (under the age of 18 for our courses based in Alberta and 19 for those based in BC) and custodial groups (youths affiliated with an institution where the parents/legal guardian are not present on the trip) may register for certain trips and courses with a letter of consent from parents or legal guardian as well as must sign a waiver and have their parents or legal guardian sign a waiver. Further, we abide by the Parks Canada Custodial Group winter backcountry policy as outlined here.


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