Advanced Highline

When it comes to a course that covers the art and science of building and operating multiple highlines in multiple areas, you can't beat Colorado's spectacular Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. This three-day Elevated Safety Advanced Highline Course will challenge attendees with various highline scenarios that will have a strict focus on safety, clean rigging and the physics behind one of the most complex (and oft misunderstood) systems used by rope technicians: The Highline.

The instructors and attendees of this course will follow public health guidelines established by Fremont County, the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park and the state of Colorado to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Course Includes:

  • Whiteboard analysis of highline forces, resultant forces and rigging theory
  • Both down & dirty minimalistic highlines as well as equipment-heavy, complex highline setups
  • Artificial High Directional use with highlines
  • Reave setups (English and Norwegian) and drooping highlines for midline lowers and raises
  • Pros and cons of horizontal load movement via mechanized winches versus mechanical advantage systems
  • Anchor selection and Load Sharing Anchors: Natural (trees and rocks) versus manmade (bolting and rock pro)



  • Ability to tie basic knots
  • Awareness of simple mechanical advantage systems
  • Awareness of basic rope rigging theory
  • An open mind and willingness to learn!


Location Information:

Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

Target Audience:

  • Search and Rescue personnel
  • Paid and non-paid professional firefighters and rope rescuers
  • Industrial access technicians


Required Equipment:

  • Small backpack
  • Hydration system or water bottle
  • Helmet
  • Seat Harness
  • 6 locking carabiners
  • Personal Decent Control Device
  • Small pulley
  • Rope grab (mechanical or prussik)
  • Gloves (there are cactus needles everywhere)
  • Chest harness (optional)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun Protection
  • Food each day