Rigging Winter

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Course Outline

Designed for those team members who can effectively operate without protection on winter Grade I terrain, and have completed the SMR Rigging Practitioner course. The programme will refresh, up-date and improve your practical winter technical rigging  knowledge and rescue skills in the field. This course will provide:

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

By the end of the weekend programme the participant will:

  • Understand strengths and weaknesses of snowpack anchors
  • Have knowledge of using placed anchor protection for rock and ice
  • Be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of a broad range of rigging systems and equipment in current use in Scotland
  • Understand rescue loads and appropriate rigging construction for lowering and raising
  • Understand snowpack hazards when building anchors
  • System construction and management of multi-pitch lowers

 

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.
  • Participants should provide their own lunch.
  • Saturday night dinner will be provided. Friday night dinner is not provided.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Participants especially must be in possession of:  

  • Full Winter Kit
  • 4 Season Boots
  • Crampons
  • Ice Axe
  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Head Torch
  • Transceiver
  • Snow Shovel
  • Probe
  • Team Radio + Spare Battery
  • Map of the Area

Participants are encouraged to bring technical rescue equipment as used by their own team.  In addition we would encourage participants to bring along copies/knowledge of any team rigging guidelines so that we can start to share this type of information

  • Please note that participants need to be competent and comfortable working on steep terrain in the winter environment.

Example Program

Friday

Time Topic Location Trainers
2000 Course Welcome & Administration Carrbridge Hotel Course welcome

 All staff

2015

 

Talk : Technical Rescue in Winter Snow anchors for belaying and rescue Meeting room all staff

                 

  Q&A Meeting room  
2100

 

Brief: Saturday Training Programme

Weather, Avalanche forecast, Kit

Group and travel arrangements

 

 

Meeting room

 

All training staff

2115

 

Relax time Bar All
       

Saturday

Time Topic Location Trainers
0750 Course departs for hill

 

Candidates to meet with group trainers at pre-set hill car park

 

 

All

0930

 

Practical Skills Stations:

snowpack anchors

a)       Deadman & Bollards

b)       Stakes & Axes

c)       People & bucket seats

d)       Multiple anchors

 

TBC

 

All

1300 Lunch TBC All
1400

 

Practical Skills Stations:

a)       Single rope lowers

b)       Shared rope lowers

c)       Stance change overs

 

TBC

 

All

 

1630

 

Depart Hill

Group trainers to account for all candidates

Back to car park

 

 

All
       
1930 Practical: Stretcher tie in session

 

Meeting room  
2010

 

Practical: lowering devices

 

Meeting room  
2100

 

Relax time Bar All

Sunday

 

Time Topic Location Trainers
0750 Course departs for hill

Candidates to meet with group

 trainers and ensure group kit is accounted for

TBC All
0945 Practical sessions:

a)       Lowering & Hauling over cornices without stretcher

b)       Lowering & Hauling up gully heads, with stretcher

 

On the hill All
1230 Break

 

On the hill All
1300

 

 

Putting it together:

3 groups building rigging systems and managing scenarios multi -pitch lowering and hauling

 

On the hill

 

All

1530

 

All groups depart from hill

Equipment return & post exercise administration.

 

On the hill

 

All

 

1615 End of Course Debrief depart from car-park   All
1630 Travel home

 

  All

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