Via Ferrata

These unique courses will focus on the challenges of planning and executing various Via Ferrata rescue scenarios. Students will then have the opportunity to climb the routes for familiarization before tackling the rescue scenarios. We'll cover high angle rescue rigging theory and best practices, the use of Artificial High Directionals (AHDs), winches versus mechanical advantage hauling, load sharing anchors, bolt placement and litter packaging/movement. On the final day of the class, we'll bring it all together for an epic Mock Rescue scenario.

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Course Includes:

  • Via Ferrata history and course construction
  • Artificial High Directional (AHD) anchors, winches versus mechanical advantage systems for raising and lowering
  • Via Ferrata climbing equipment and techniques, vertical mobility for rescuers, litter packaging and movement
  • Maybe a highline or two



Along with the ability to climb and carry out vertical rescues at around 6000 feet of elevation, students will also need to be able to handle exposure (some of the routes at RGB&P are VERY exposed at about 1,000 feet above the Arkansas River).

Target Audience:

Paid and non-paid professional rope rescuers, mountain rescuers, search and rescue personnel, Via Ferrata guides or anyone who might respond for the rescue of a stranded/injured rock climber. Anyone who might respond for the rescue of a stranded/injured climber or worker.