Tech Skills

Purpose

In many backcountry wilderness SAR operations, the lost persons have some sort of injury or condition that prevents them from coming out of the backcountry under their own power. In the situation where the patient is injured and requires evacuation through rough terrain, technical rope systems may be needed to provide the safety, leverage and/or friction needed to complete the operation.

In this class, we teach candidates the proper knots, harnesses and rigging techniques so they can assist in a low-angle or high-angle technical rescue operation. Candidates will also learn basic rappelling techniques used to safely access steep terrain in search operations.

When & Where

Current Cal-ESAR Candidates and Members: Please log in to the Member Portal for schedule and location details

Skills emphasized

  • Knots and harnesses

  • Raising systems

  • Lowering systems

  • Litter packaging & rigging

  • Rope care & maintenance

  • Rappelling techniques