2017 NCRC PNW SPAR Small Party Assisted Rescue Class

Redmond, Oregon
Thursday, October 05, 2017
2017 NCRC PNW SPAR Small Party Assisted Rescue Class
Thursday, October 05, 2017 - Sunday, October 08, 2017

Bend - Redmond Oregon
8550 SW Wickup Avene
Redmond, Oregon 97756
United States

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Hosted by
Oregon High Desert Grotto & Glacier Cave Explorers.

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Seminar Cost $175.00 NSS Member

$185 Non - Current NSS Member


Cost: includes lodging (camping), meals, and Small Party Self Rescue course book. (The full NCRC Manual is available for purchase at $40.00 each.) Class size is limited to 18 students. Early registration is open to members of the Oregon High Desert Grotto, Glacier Cave Explorer team, Deschutes County Mountain Rescue, and Portland Mountain Rescue. 

About the Seminar

This is a customized, 4 day course that covers the curriculum in the NCRC’s 3 day Small Party Assisted Rescue seminar, but with more time allotted for rigging stations, and variations drawing from the rest of NCRC curriculum, local techniques, and other SRT industries. This is an intensive four-day introduction to cave rescue techniques that can be performed by a party of six or less persons, using minimal gear normally carried on caving trips. This course teaches students how to handle most problems that arise while caving, including basic medical skills, moving patients through obstacles, helping persons who are stuck on rope, building and operating improvised haul and lower systems, and how to prepare for and prevent problems with limited equipment and personnel.


This course is NOT about litter based rescues or large operations. The target audience is project / expedition cavers, or rescue team members with caves in remote or inaccessible locations where minimal gear techniques can be used by a small hasty team, traveling light and fast.  Students will be expected to study some material in advance so that the classroom sessions reinforce and elaborate on existing information. Skills will then be practiced on the PNW alpine caving tower, and then reinforced with 2 days of stations and scenarios in caves. The course will be demanding with long days, but will provide participants with valuable skills that can be used to help themselves and others when they are needed most.


This is not a beginners’ class.  For safety and class efficiency, all students will be required to demonstrate basic vertical skills before taking this course. Required skills, including knots, basic haul systems, and single rope techniques are described here: http://caves.org/commission/ncrc/national/NCRC_Student_Area/L3_EntryPrepPkg_HO_v140308.pdf The knots and SRT test will be administered the first afternoon of class.  The rigging systems test will not be administered, but you should be familiar with these systems before your arrival, since we will be rigging them with minimal gear and in unfamiliar formats. 

The entry test (knots and SRT) will be conducted prior to the seminar on the afternoon of Thursday between Noon and 3:00 pm. Any students not checked off by then will not be allowed to participate in this seminar. For questions, contact Eddy Cartaya at pacificnorthwest@ncrc.info




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Payment Instructions

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    Make checks for TOTAL payable to: NCRC National Seminar 

    To pay by check you must contact us so we can allow the registration system to let you register.
    Contact ncrc@cavetopia.com or 303-880-3168 

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