High Risk Survival Training

In this video clip where a lineman, competing in a rescue sequence ends up falling to the ground, along with the rescue dummy he was rescuing. One might think speed was the problem, “Haste makes waste,” but I would suggest it was inadequate training which caused the accident. What do you think?

I would like to suggest that it is not the speed but rather the preparation for the speed. With the correct training, a rescue such as this can be done quickly, without this end result.
He failed to grab the brake side of the rope. Had he grabbed the brake side of the rope; or let go of the lead side of the rope, he would not have been dragged to the ground.
Although a good thing to learn is focussing on the details, and the sequence, rather than what others are saying. It is not uncommon for people at the bottom to scream “HURRY, HURRY!!!” Focus on the priorities, yes speed is important, but a failed rescue. is too high of a price to pay for the speed.

May I suggest some advanced training, specific for your group?

I have study rescue and high-risk survival of many years. Both in an industrial setting while working for U.S. Steel Corporation, in their safety department, and in the recreational and technical rescue fields as well. I have developed a system that works well and can be done in the field, without pen and paper. Although, it would be more accurate while using a pencil and paper. Below is a matrix I have used for many years. It works well, in all aspects of safety and high-risk survival. It would be an honor to share this with your team.
Below is a rough explanation of how it would apply to a beginning climber, teaching himself and a friend. . .

I was surprised to find this picture of me at the ripe old age of about 15 or 16. I had just recently taught a friend to rappel, and we took this picture.

Ignorance is bliss. I would have considered this unreasonable, but . . .

Compare this to me climbing the main Bridal Veil Falls (Ice Climbing picture above) while frozen. I consider it to have a RE rating of 45, and the rock climbing of Lost Arrow Tip in Yosemite, to have a rating of 47.

The difference being is Lost Arrow Tip required us to be on our toes for 18 hours or more, with about 10 to 13 of those hours being high-risk exposure (47), and the remaining 6 to 8 hours being lower risk exposure about 25 (we were hiking in and out on a rocky trail carrying heavy, overloaded packs.)


I have a 90 minute course which teaches this system I have developed over the past few decades. It is a good system that very well may save your life. I can combine this with other types of training so we can make it a complete day or longer. It would be great to work with you and your team!