Backcountry Rescue

Are you ready to take your rescue skills to the next level in the unforgiving wilderness? Elevated Safety's backcountry rescue courses cover a number of topics and skills including Backcountry Rescue & Technical Training and Swiftwater Canyoning Rescue.


  • Backcountry Rescue and Technical Training Workshop
  • Swiftwater Canyoning Rescue Operations Course

Upcoming Courses (See Full Courses Calendar)

Swiftwater Canyoning Rescue Operations
/// Aug 12 - Aug 16, 2024
/// North Bend, WA 98045
10 Spaces Available
/// Aug 12 - Aug 16, 2024
/// North Bend, WA 98045
10 Spaces Available
Backcountry Rescue and Technical Training Workshop
/// Sep 09 - Sep 12, 2024
/// Arvada, CO 80002
22 Spaces Available
/// Sep 09 - Sep 12, 2024
/// Arvada, CO 80002
22 Spaces Available

If a course is sold out, contact to be placed on the waitlist.


Backcountry Rescue and Technical Training Workshop

1. Rope Rescue Techniques: Students will dive into the world of rope rescue, learning essential skills such as knot tying, anchor building, and systems use. These skills are tailored to the challenging terrain of high mountain environments, ensuring that participants are well-prepared for real-life rescue scenarios.

2. Self-Rescue Training: In the backcountry, self-reliance is crucial. Participants will learn how to assess and address their own emergency situations, enabling them to make critical decisions and take action when needed.

3. Mountain Modifications: Mountain rescue requires specialized techniques. This course incorporates mountain modifications into traditional rescue methods, giving students the ability to adapt their skills to challenging alpine conditions with minimal gear.

4. Problem-Solving: Complex mountain rescue problems demand creative solutions. Our program dedicates significant time to developing strategies for tackling these challenges effectively and efficiently.

5. Technical Rope Systems: The training will focus on the choices backcountry rescue teams may be able to make when moving and operating in remote areas. The systems presented will predominantly be built with 11mm and 9.5mm ropes.

6. Theory and Practice: The program will be a 50/50 mix of theory and practice. The theory component will work up to the understanding required to justify the use of reduced weight systems and to determine what factor of safety they offer and correctly identify any compromises. This workshop will introduce and explore some of the physics that can underpin a deep understanding of many of the techniques used by roping technicians. Theoretical and practical sessions will focus on equipment, knots, ratings, friction management, and mechanical advantage. We will also explore some of the misconceptions that are commonly taught as fact.

7. Equipment Selection: One of our greatest challenges lies in selecting and using the most appropriate equipment for any task. When it comes to choosing between team rescue and partner rescue gear, it’s important to consider the nature of the mission and the size of the team. For larger groups, team rescue gear may be the way to go as it allows for multiple rescuers to work together in a coordinated effort. However, for smaller groups or solo missions, partner rescue gear may be more suitable as it allows for quick and efficient self-rescue in case of emergency.


4450 East Magnolia Casper, WY 82604
12545 W. 54th Drive, Unit A1, Arvada CO 80002

Target Audience

  • Search and Rescue Teams
  • Firefighters
  • Emergency Responders
  • Technical Rescue Teams
  • Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • Wilderness Guides
  • REMS Team Members
  • Anyone Interested in Enhancing Their Backcountry Rescue Skills

Course Benefits

By the end of the Backcountry Rescue and Technical Training Course, participants will have gained the confidence and competence to respond effectively to emergencies in high-mountain wilderness areas. This training program not only enhances your rescue skills but also equips you with the ability to provide crucial technical support in challenging environments.


Swiftwater Canyoning Rescue Operations Course

Embark on an exhilarating journey into the heart of swiftwater canyons with Peak Rescue and Wild Sky Adventure Guides’ collaborative five-day course. Designed to instill participants with the fundamental expertise necessary for swiftwater canyoning rescue team operations, this comprehensive program is meticulously crafted to equip individuals with essential skills and knowledge.

Course Highlights:

  • Tailored Curriculum: Delve into a curriculum finely tuned to address the specific demands of swiftwater canyoning rescue operations. With a student-to-instructor ratio of 8:2, expect personalized attention and focused instruction throughout the course.
  • Technical Rigging and Rope Systems: Master the intricacies of technical rigging and rope systems, vital components in navigating swiftwater canyon environments. Learn to construct and deploy rope systems with precision and efficiency.
  • Improvised Rescue Techniques:  Acquire proficiency in improvised rescue techniques, indispensable for responding effectively to emergencies in dynamic canyon settings. Develop the ability to think on your feet and adapt to challenging rescue scenarios.
  • Safety and Risk Management:  Prioritize safety and professionalism as you learn to identify and mitigate risks responsibly. Gain insights into wilderness preservation practices, ensuring minimal environmental impact during rescue operations.
  • Pacific Northwest Canyon Exploration:  Immerse yourself in some of the Pacific Northwest’s most breathtaking canyon environments. From cascading waterfalls to rugged gorges, experience the awe-inspiring beauty of North Bend, Washington, and its surrounding areas.