Vertical Rescue II


This course will teach participants advanced high angle rescue techniques. Students will learn patient packaging and victim retrieval techniques for high angle applications. The course reviews the use of ropes and equipment as well as their applications for belaying and repelling. In addition, students are shown how to develop team-building skills. The majority of this training consists of hands-on exercises testing the students’ abilities to work in a team setting.


  • High Angle Environment
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Rope and Related Equipment
  • Care and Use of Rope and Equipment
  • Basic High Angle Hardware
  • Knots
  • Anchoring
  • Belaying
  • Repelling
  • Basic Ascending Techniques
  • The Role of the Rope Rescuer
  • Patient Packaging: SKED Device, Spinal Immobilization
  • One Person Rescue Techniques
  • High Angle Lowering
  • Haul Systems
  • Written Exam
  • Hands-on Practical Exercises and Evaluation