SMR Advanced Rigging

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Venue: Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore
Accommodation: Glenmore Lodge
Dates: 6th-8th September 2019
Accommodation is provided for this course.

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




Introduction to tension line systems (highline)

Definition of mid face pickoff

Course Director


Site Safety and Situational Awareness  


Social All


Time Topic Trainers
0830 Course Assembles





Practical Skills Stations:

a)       Tensioning lines/ Forces and vectors

b)       Load limiting and release systems

11.00 Guideline construction and operation All
12.30 Lunch  



Mid face pickoff skills

a)       Technician rope systems

b)       Casualty release (Pulleys etc.)

c)       Cutting ropes


15.00 Mid face pickoff scenario All


Question and answer session

Equipment check


 Saturday – Evening Session (provisional)

Time Topic Trainers
After Dinner


Interactive session / problem solving


2100 Finish  


Time Topic Learning Outcomes Trainers
08.00 Course Assembles   All
  Practical scenarios

Big Highline scenario

Big MFP scenario

16.00 Course Finish




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