Rappel 101

Rappel 101 is designed to familiarize the participant with concepts and techniques for basic rappel operations in urban or wilderness environments. Fundamental rigging plans and knots will be outlined, as well as equipment requirements, safety protocols, and procedures for standard descent. The majority of class time will be spent in performing actual rappel descents for the participant. By the end of the class, the participant should expect to understand how to:

  • Plan and execute a rigging system that conforms to load-bearing safety standards

  • Tie at least 2-3 different knots commonly used for rope operations

  • Don and perform safety checks on a climbing or rappel harness

  • Safely belay a partner

  • Rappel from heights ranging from 2-5 stories using at least 2-3 different commercial devices

  • Understand differences in equipment such as static vs. dynamic ropes, locking vs non-locking carabiners, et al.

  • Rappel using traditional, inverted, and Australian stances.

This class is conducted outdoors and is subject to environmental conditions for safety reasons. Participants should be prepared for mild to moderate levels of strenuous physical activity throughout the duration of the class. 

Rappel 201

Rappel 201 builds on basic rappelling techniques to introduce the participant to rescue skills. Subjects of discussion and practice during the course include:

  • Self-belay and safety knots

  • Rope ascension techniques and equipment

  • Use of advanced descension techniques and devices

  • Improvised and “hasty” harnesses and rigging

  • Rescuing stranded victims

Participants are required to be versed in basic rappel and comfortable with rope-rigging and safety checks. Like Rappel 101, this class is conducted outdoors, requires moderate-high levels of strenuous activity, and is subject to environmental conditions.