Mechanical Advantage Systems. A must know skill set!

Mechanical advantage systems (MAS) are a HAVE TO KNOW SKILL SET FOR MOUNTAIN RESCUE.  Knowing how to build MAS will allow rescuers to: Perform over the bank motor vehicle rescues Up-haul litter teams on steep angle or high angle rescues Build portable MAS...

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How NOT to DIE Rappelling!

Howdy Rescuers! Accidents hurt.  Safety doesn't. Rappelling may be one of the more dangerous activities we do living a live on the edge as mountain rescuers and guides.  We have all heard the stories of elite climbers and rescuers falling to their death or severe...

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Ultra Light Tech Gear for Rescue

I often get asked what type of technical gear I carry with me on SAR missions where we will be conducting some sort of technical rope evacuation.  Granted, in Summit County most of our technical rope evacuations are lowerings on snow, scree or broken terrain that is...

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Survival Navigation Technique

Stick & Shadow Compass If you somehow find yourself disorientated without a compass or GPS for assistance you can try the shadow stick compass method.  This method will give you a rough estimate of a west to east line which you can then use to find north &...

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Medicines for wilderness first aid kits

  An ongoing debate in my survival and wilderness medicine courses is what medicines should one carry in their backcountry medical kit? Ideally one would carry all the medicines they foresee they would need, but practically we know this is not possible to do in a...

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