Today finished up RMG’s second group Practical Self Rescue program. Practical in the sense that you might actully use the skills versus cool to know trickery. Rope tricks are slick, but knowing how to lower your partner off a ledge, or assist them with a quick raise, complete a load transfer, and how to climb a rope are the real skills you need to know. Belay escapes are so 1970’s, so let’s make it practical.
We always spen a fair minute discussing the merits and hazards associated with leader rescue. Sound decisions need to be made, and we need to justify placing ourselves in harms way to go fetch the leader.
These Practical Self Rescue courses are over until the fall, but you can still enroll in a private course that gets more in depth with these techniques. Who knows, they might some day save your bacon, or your partners!