This is a free class, open to all ACA-Canyoneering meetup group members with only the following prerequisite.
OBJECTIVES: Provide students with the basic personal rigging skills needed to descend canyons as team members with competent leaders and mentors. If you are seeking more complete training, please consider participating in a course offered by an ACA certified instructor/guide.
-Understand the pros and cons of double rope systems.
-Identify situations that dictate setting rope length to height of rappel. Set up and use single rope systems, demonstrate methods for setting rope length (i.e. estimating height, lowering first person, setting releasable).
-Set up and use releasable single rope system (contingency), including three parts: (1) friction mechanism to allow controlled lowering, (2) tie-off that is releasable under tension, and (3) identifying risks and setting safety to mitigate those risks.
-Set up and use static twin rope system (clipped block, stone knot, butterfly).
-Set up and use releasable twin rope system (jester, joker), including three parts: (1) friction mechanism to allow controlled lowering, (2) tie-off that is releasable under tension, and (3) identifying risks and setting safety to mitigate those risks.
-Lower a person, using hands free backup (i.e. friction hitch attached to the harness of the person in control of lowering).
-Set up and use a top-rope belay system.
-Set up and use a safety line to protect a traverse.
-Harness and Climbing Helmet - Rappel Device. NO ATCs or Figure 8s. - 4 Locking Carabiners - Rope Grab or VT Prusik - 20' Webbing - 120cm Dyneema Sling is useful. Totem is prefered and the best rigging device available IMHO.