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swiftwater rescue

Swiftwater Rescue in Redwood National Park

As instructors of swiftwater rescue, we have the opportunity to train in some amazing environments with some very talented groups of people. From military special forces to...

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technical rope rescue

Knots Knots Knots: The Directional 8 (in-line 8)

Directional Figure 8  The Directional 8 or in line 8 is one of several knots in the family of eights. It is tied in the middle of a line for an attachment point intended to bear a...

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wilderness first aid

Impalements in the Backcountry

Whether from Sticks or stakes, branches or rebar, impalements can be a backcountry problem to contend with. In the field of wilderness medicine, there are specific protocols...

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sierra rescue blog

The Truth about Throw Bags

The truth about throw bags, is that while they are one of a rescuer’s most valuable tools, they can also be a dangerous and deceptive weapon. While there is much discussion...

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