Rigging Foundation

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Course Outline

Designed for full and trainee team members who have limited or no practical knowledge of crag safety or basic rigging configurations. The programme will refresh, up-date and improve your personal safety and introduce rigging for rescue loads. This course will provide:

  • Theoretical Training & Discussion Groups
  • Practical Skills & Workshops

The two day program will focus on the following key areas:

  • Operate safely within the rigging environment
  • Rigging equipment
  • Communication
  • Anchor construction
  • Personal abseil
  • Operate a basic rescue lowering system

Pre-Course Requirements

In order to ensure the smooth running of the course all candidates are asked to ensure they observe the following conditions:

  • Accommodation on a B&B basis is provided  for all course  participants.
  • All participants are requested to ensure they have transport arranged as the course programme will necessitate travel to and from training venues. Where possible we ask course participants to bring a team 4×4 vehicle.
  • For insurance purposes participants are required to sign on with their team prior to course attendance.
  • Participants should provide their own lunch and evening meals for the duration of the course.
  • Sufficient personal equipment is required to enable candidates to operate within a mountainous and crag environment and in all weather conditions for the duration of the course.

For your comfort and safety please ensure you have appropriate personal safety equipment for this course.

In particular, participants  must bring :  Midge net, midge spray, Harness, helmet , team radio + spare battery, personal MR and crag rescue kit.

  • Participants are encouraged to bring technical rescue equipment as used by their own team.  In addition we would encourage participants to bring along copies of any team rigging guidelines so that we can start to share this type of information.
  • Please note; participants need to be prepared to work on steep terrain and cliff/crag environments.

Example Program

Saturday

Time

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Trainers

1000

Course Welcome & Administration

 

All

1030

 

Lecture and Practical

  • Personal safety in the rigging environment
  • Zones, roles
  • Harness/helmet, personal gear, belay device(prussic, sling and 2 krabs) PPE – personal gear check
  • Buddy check
 

Course Director

1130

 

Practical

  • Knots

 

All training staff

1230

 

Break travel to crag

 

All training staff

 

1300

Practical

  • Work positioning

 

 

1400

Practical

  • Protecting a personal abseil

 

 

1500

break plus

  • Rescue Equipment familiarisation/recognition

 

 

1530

Practical

  • Zones
  • Edge attendant
  • Operation of lower devices/techiques

 

 

1700

Return to base

 

 

Early evening

Demonstration

  • Vectors
  • Independence
  • Equalisation

 

 

2030

Social

 

 

 Sunday 

Time

Topic

Learning Outcome

Trainers

0900

Course Assembles

 

 

All

0915

Q & A Review 

 

 

All

0930

Travel to crag venue

 

All

1000

Practical

  • Safe access

 

 

 

All

1030

 

Practical – Rigging System

  • Plan
  • Construct
  • Operate

 

 

 

All

 

1530

Finish

 

 

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Scottish Mountain Rescue, formerly known as The Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland, is a registered Scottish Charity – number SC045003