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The Truth about Throw Bags

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 amongst Swiftwater Rescue professionals about type of rope, whether or not to have a loop on the end of the rope, and how to do “coil tosses”; quite frankly not enough...

Patagonia: Sierra Rescue visits the Futaleufu

Patagonia: Sierra Rescue visits the Futaleufu

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Chile and got to spend a few weeks on the Futaleufu river in Patagonia. My wife and I joined up with a commercial trip through BioBio expeditions. We bridged the gap between guests and guides, leaning more toward the guide side. Once we proved our worth with on-water skills, Tessa and I had free rein to tag along in...

Bringing in the New Year with Wilderness First Response

Bringing in the New Year with Wilderness First Response

Our first class of 2105 was a great success. USC outfitters made their annual trek to northern California for a Wilderness First Responder course. 19 would-be WFRs rolled up in style to SkyRanch perched above the South Fork of the Yuba River just above Washington, CA. Over the ensuing  8 days and 80 hours, a fast-paced action-packed full exposure to the realm...

Technical Rope Rescue at Donner Summit

Technical Rope Rescue at Donner Summit

Fall is in the air and what better way to spend a week than playing with ropes in a technical rope training  on Donner summit. With the King fire looming close at hand at rapidly growing, we had some interesting weather patterns. This group of ski patrollers, fire-fighters, and coast guard swimmers did not shy from the elements and combined forces for a great...

SRT-A in Truckee, CA

SRT-A in Truckee, CA

We braved the early winter weather that came through the Sierra Nevada this week, and had a great few days training on the Truckee River and the surrounding mountains.  We had two students all the way from Argentina joined by a few other folks from various parts of California’s fire rescue. Rain snow or shine, the rescue training was mighty fine. From...

Sweep Boats on the Middle Fork Salmon River

Sweep Boats on the Middle Fork Salmon River

  In the heat of the summer,  when I’m not  in my drysuit teaching with Sierra Rescue, I spend a chunk of the summer months up on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. I’ve been guiding commercial whitewater trips for ECHO River Trips for the last 9 seasons. About 5 seasons ago I took over as the sweep boat driver. Sweep  Boats are...