SMR Advanced Rigging

Mountain Systems

Course Outline

Designed for team members with current practical skills and knowledge of the SMR Rigging Practitioner course, or equivalent knowledge and experience level of technical rescue systems.

Over the years teams have developed various systems for dealing with casualties in a steep environment. This course looks at advanced mountain based systems in use today. Extracting a casualty from steep ground with difficult access and variable terrain presents a unique set of problems and solutions.

We will look at mid face pick off techniques and examine casualty release systems including the effect of cutting the rope. Plus we will cover at Highline systems in depth. A serious tensioned rope system widely used but often underestimated. Plus some hauling systems.

The programme will update and improve your practical technical rigging knowledge and skills in the field. This course will provide:

  • Practical skills workshops & scenarios
  • Theoretical training & discussion groups

By the end of the weekend programme you will be able to:

  • Mid face pickoff techniques.
  • Casualty release systems
  • Understand a tensioned line rescue system (highline)
  • Understanding angle theory for tensioned lines
  • Understand tensioned system language/definitions
  • Understand advanced hauling techniques

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.

Please note; participants need to be prepared to work on steep terrain and cliff/mountain environments.

Weekend Programme

Time Topic Trainers
1900 Course Welcome & Administration

Course programme

Course welcome

Course Director

1930

 

Lecture:

Introduction to tension line systems (highline)

Definition of mid face pickoff

Course Director
2015

 

Site Safety and Situational Awareness  
2100

 

Social All

 Saturday

Time Topic Trainers
0830 Course Assembles

Q&A

All
08.45

 

 

Practical Skills Stations:

a)       Tensioning lines/ Forces and vectors

b)       Load limiting and release systems

All
11.00 Guideline construction and operation All
12.30 Lunch  
13.00

 

 

Mid face pickoff skills

a)       Technician rope systems

b)       Casualty release (Pulleys etc.)

c)       Cutting ropes

 

All
15.00 Mid face pickoff scenario All
1700

 

Question and answer session

Equipment check

All

 Saturday – Evening Session (provisional)

Time Topic Trainers
     
After Dinner

 

Interactive session / problem solving

 

All
2100 Finish  

 Sunday

Time Topic Learning Outcomes Trainers
08.00 Course Assembles   All
  Practical scenarios

Big Highline scenario

Big MFP scenario

  All
16.00 Course Finish

 

  All

DATES AND BOOKING INFO

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