TRSAR members took the weeklong “Ropes That Rescue” Team Skills
Seminar in Sedona the last week of February. This is an outstanding
class from a world renowned rope rescue expert that greatly enhances
the skills of our rope team. The class is an intensive 10 hours per
day for 7 days straight, with about 1/3 of it being classroom while
the rest is hands on practical skills over high exposure rock.
Margaret Bullard, Tammy Miotto, Roger Miotto, and I attended.
addition, GCSO sent Rodney Cronk who will be a terrific asset to any
of our rope rescues. There were 12 students in this class – 2 from
Japan, one from a famous rock climbing area in New York (The Gunks),
2 from California (San Bernardino Mountain Rescue), and 2 from
County members in the class did our squad proud, so Roger as lead
rope rescue instructor is definitely doing things right in our
trainings. Tammy did outstanding for being brand new to the squad
and to rope rescue. Margaret has always been a very strong rope
team member of course, but now has the skills to run the show when
necessary. Roger and I learned even more this time around than we
did last time.
Thorne who runs “Ropes That Rescue” does much of the leading edge
testing and rescue systems analysis. It is through his constant
testing and analysis that safety margins continue to increase for
what we do. He works with all of the major rescue gear
manufacturers, and because of Reeds ongoing testing, critical things
that we do change from time to time. Since Roger and I took this
class 3 years ago, Reed has discovered a potential flaw in the belay
system that is in use worldwide. We will introduce a change to that
immediately. Over time, we will introduce a few more things that
make rigging easier or faster – so you don’t have to put your coffee
cup down while rigging.