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Lightweight Raises and Lowers

May 8, 2021 @ 8:00 am - May 9, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

May 8-9, 2021 Randall’s Adventure & Training will be hosting a rescue raises and lowers class for the lightweight rescue technician.

Cost: No charge

Who can attend: All search and rescue personnel. (Email: info@ratsar.org to register)

Locations: Buck’s Pocket State Park – Grove Oak, Alabama

Gear limited to the following: ATC Guide, one each single sheave rescue pulley, two each short and two each long 6mm prusik loops, Dyneema anchor slings, 30’ body cord (8mm accessory cord), 6 each HMS style locking carabiners. All attendees must have PPE (harness, helmet and gloves). If you do not have the technical gear, then we have extra. If you are a single rope climber, please bring your climbing systems. Ropes used in this class range from 8.5 to 9mm.

All instruction will be in the field with no formal lecture or classroom. This is not a beginner class but all sar personnel are welcome to attend. We train rain or shine – just like we rescue. The goal is to bring SAR technicians up to an awareness or operational level (depending on their experience) using lightweight rescue gear often found in Mountain and Alpine rescue, while maintaining an acceptable safety factor for real-world use.

What this class will cover:

  • Patient packaging in a Ferno and/or Sked.
  • Dual tension raises using simple mechanical advantage.
  • Dual tension lowers.
  • The use of high directionals and/or gin poles.
  • Low angle belays and raises using simple friction, Munters and / or ATC.
  • Building simple anchors with slings and / or body cord.
  • Building simple 3:1 and 5:1 mechanical advantage systems for raises.
  • Building a 4:1 / 5:1 piggyback rig using the gear we have on our harness.
  • If we have time we will get into more advanced anchors and systems.



May 8, 2021 @ 8:00 am
May 9, 2021 @ 5:00 pm


(256) 613-3834
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Bucks Pocket State Park – Grove Oak, AL
393 Co Rd 174
Grove Oak, AL 35975 United States
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