OPP Technical Rescue Courses
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Attendance at the first course session is REQUIRED. Please read our enrollment and attendance policies.

belay escape - pdf

forces in leader falls

knots for rescue/climbing

mechanical advantage


the belay escape
anchors - 2 pt. fixed
anchors - 2 pt. equalized
anchors - 3 pt. equalized
1 to 1 pulley system
c-pulley on a c-pulley
z-pulley - ratchet prusik
c-pulley on a z-pulley


PEO 315 - Basics of Technical Rescue - fall term

litter buildingThis course introduces outdoor enthusiasts to technical rescue skills applicable to mountain, rock, and swiftwater rescue environments. The focus is on knots, rope management, rigging, anchor building, technical rescue systems, improvised rescue skills and systems, and extrication techniques including rope litters and carries. Emphasis is placed on self and small party rescue.

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PEO 366 - Vertical Rescue Techniques - winter term

This course introduces vertical rescue techniques for a lone rescuer. Topics includecare and useof equipment, knots, belay escapes, passing a knot, counterbalance descents and raises, raisingrescues utilizing mechanical advantage and other improvised rescue techniques.

Rescue techniques are practiced in a "ground-school" setting in our indoor rescue training facility prior to practice in the vertical environment during the Saturday/Sunday sessions at our indoor climbing wall.

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PEO 399 Backcountry Rescue Techniques

A three-day scenario-based course designed to build upon, refine, and integrate rock, mountain and swift water rescue techniques learned in previous courses. For students and leaders in training who have completed at least Basics of Technical Rescue and Rock Climbing 3.
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PEO 325 Swiftwater Safety- spring term

This course is designed for backcountry travelers interested in learning how to safely negotiate shallow and deep swiftwater streams. Topics include knots, rigging, and rope management techniques; shallow and deep water crossings, zip lines, pendulums, and tyrolean traverses.



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