This is a call for expressions of interest in a club-subsidised rope rescue course. The course will aim to cover self-rescue skills in a climbing context, and will pitched at a fairly advanced level. It will be run by the Blue Mountains Climbing School, and approximately based on their Rope Rescue 2 course (https://climbingschool.com.au/courses/self-rescue-level-2-3/), but tailored to our group. There will be material to cover before the course and I'll organise an indoor skills session beforehand (more info later). However, the course will be aimed at climbers who are self sufficient leaders outdoors, can abseil and prusik, and have some level of trad or multipitch experience.
Potential course dates are the weekends of August 12-13, 19-20, or 26-27. We will likely drive up to the Blue Mountains Friday night after work, and return to Canberra quite late Sunday night. You'll need to be available over the whole weekend. If you're interested please indicate your preferred weekend via Doodle poll: https://beta.doodle.com/poll/zg3erdxw7x27uqqk. You can do this and not sign up for this trip yet - I just want to gauge people's preferences for dates. I'll try to finalise dates by this weekend (July 15/16). The cost is to be confirmed and depends on numbers (and of the ratio of students to non-students) but I will confirm this before asking people to commit and pay for the course.
When you sign up, please indicate your prior contribution to the club, and how your attending the course will benefit the club. Subsidised spots are limited, and preference will be given to those who have led climbing trips, or commit to doing so in the near future. Please also indicate your technical knowledge, and be specific where possible: i.e. 'I can top belay, prusik, and abseil past knots' is useful; 'I can trad climb' is not. Signing up does not guarantee a spot on the course, and your chances will be significantly lower if you don't provide the aforementioned information.
More details (dates, costs, homework) to come.