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Releasable Rappel Training

What is this training?

The Releasable Rappel training is a one to two hour, hands-on training designed to teach climbing instructors how to set up and run a single rope rappel using a top belay--with a releasable rappel setup.

Why are we changing the way we do rappel?

BSA has changed their standards for how to do a rappel. We previously used a two rope rappel with a fireman's belay at the bottom of the rope. If a rappeller got stuck or became injured, we used a pulley system to lower someone down to assist the rappeller. BSA has moved away from this approach and now advocates a releasable rappel setup. This means that the rappeller is belayed from the top of the rappel route by a second person, and the setup for both the rappel and the belay lines can be released--providing flexibility for the belayer to lower the rappeller safely down to the ground if needed--without the need to have a rescuer go to the rappeler.

Who has to take this training?

Anyone who is certified to use the climbing tower at Durant, or who wants to use the natural rock gear. We have incorporated this approach into our normal COPE/Climbing training curriculum, and students who take class in April 2011 or later have already learned this technique. Anyone who was trained prior to April 2011 must take the releasable rappel training in order to maintain their tower and natural rock gear credentials.

When are the classes?


August 20, from 9:00 to noon. Register by contacting Dave Pederson.

Triangle Rock Club:

August 27 from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.. Register by contacting Scott Sweetland.

September 17 from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.. Register by contacting Deborah Hill.

Address for Triangle Rock Club: 102 Pheasant Wood Court, Morrisville, NC 27560, (919) 463-7625