Group Rescue is a two day training school. The first day will be spent entirely in a vertical ground school environment learning many techniques for group rescue. On day two, we venture into a nearby canyon and complete real-time simulated rescues.
Group Rescue will cover rescue psychology, incident size up, accessing a victim from below, accessing a victim from above, committed rope systems vs. open rope systems, switching from a static to a load releasable anchor (LRA) under load, victim retrieval including victim load transfers and/or "pick offs", victim transportation methods, a psychological review of canyon accidents, control methods, knowing when to act, delegate, or go for help.
Contact ATS prior to purchasing your airline tickets to confirm the trip has the minimum number of participants required to operate.
Closest Airports: Burbank (BUR) or Ontario (ONT)
Upon registration a detailed packet will be emailed to the student with further details of the course.
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
TRAVEL AND OTHER INFORMATION
• Professional Instruction
• Technical canyoneering equipment
• Leave No Trace Ethics Card
• Sample rope and webbing
• Transportation from your home town to the group meeting point
• Insurance of any kind
• Lodging or Campsite
You'll meet your instructor at the ATS Headquarters where you will spend the day at our indoor training facility. You must have multiple canyon descents and a healthy knowledge of the basic skillsets to experience this course properly. Although we spend the days indoors, it will be an intensive vertical learning environment. You will go up and down ropes dozens of times completing methodical rescue techniques. This course takes your previously learned self-rescue techniques and adds the new dimension of rescuing a friend in need. These scenarios, although rare in the canyon, will demand experience and calmness should they ever occur.
We start our day at a group meeting spot for a local Southern California route. After discussing the game plan for the day we gear up and head into the route. During the technical descent you will complete multiple simulated real time scenarios where you will rescue both ATS Team members and other students. The canyon may contain flowing water and other adverse conditions. This course is both mentally and physically exhausting but will elevate your training to a new standard of excellence to prepare you for the low frequency event of actually completing a real rescue.
Canyoneering is a marathon not a sprint. There is typically a several mile hike into a canyon route while wearing a 20-30 pound backpack. This hike will at some points be on uneven terrain and at other times on an established trail. Between rappels in canyon you will have to hike and potentially do assisted down climbs on uneven terrain. You will potentially be exposed to cold water, high air temps, poisonous plants and animals, and adverse weather conditions.
We have taken clients as young as 12 and as old as 72 into routes. Our main stipulation is you must fit within the size requirements for a harness (typically under a size 40 waist and under 350 pounds). Beyond that you should possess a general fitness level and enjoy hiking in the outdoors. If you have a specific question about the sport please contact us.
Each student must have completed our Level 1 - Intro to Canyoneering, Level 2 - Anchors, Level 3 - Self Rescue Courses, and Level 4 - Advanced Rope Systems and Switwater (exceptions are made for Level 4 not being taken), prior to enrollment. Equivalent courses will be considered.
WHAT TO BRING
• Fleece Pants
• Fleece Top
• Kayaking Splash Pants
• Kayaking Splash Top
ITEMS PROVIDED BY ATS UPON REQUEST
• Chain Reactor
• ATS Device
• 2 - Hollow Blocks
• 3 - Falcon Carabiners
• 4 - Eagle Carabiners
• Canyon Backpack
• Ascending Equipment
• Dry Bag
• Sturdy Closed Toe Shoes that will get wet
• Thick Synthetic or Wool Socks
ITEMS PROVIDED BY STUDENT
• High Caloric Lunch
• 2 Liters of Water
• Medications/Glasses/Extra • Contacts
• After Canyon Clothes
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LOS ANGELED, CA AREA
SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS
LOCATIONS, TIMES, & REGISTRATION
2 people: $330 per person
3 people: $220 per person
4+ people: $165 per person