This course is designed for those who have taken an intermediate swiftwater class and mastered basic swiftwater rescue skills. If you'd like additional work on mechanical advantage (MA) and more advanced systems, this 2 day course is for you. Day one is an in-depth look at MA and rigging, and day two is spent fine-tuning and practicing those skills. Come join us for an exciting class on the Colorado River.
All classes begin at 9am and end around 3pm.
July 29th - July 30th, 2017
August 19th - 20th, 2017
Day One Topics:
When to use advanced systems
Additional rigging techniques
Day 2 Topics:
Additional practicums covering skills from day one
Note: This clinic will be customized based on river features, water levels and students needs and skills.
What to bring:
-Lots of water
-Lunch and Snacks
-Pen, paper and clip board
-Kayak, Raft IK or Canoe all with supplementary floatation
-The water is very cold and you will be in it for long periods of time
-Warm layers (Drytop and pants, wetsuit, or drysuit recommended)
-Skull cap, gloves and good foot wear
-Warm dry clothing for when you are off the water
-River Rescue Gear to bring:
-Knife (one hand accessible)
-Throw Bag (1 or more) At least 60’
-Carabineers (4 or more) At least 1 locking and wire gates recommended for non locking
-Prussic Loop (3 or more) 1/3 diameter cordelette 15” or 3 premade prussics in different lengths
-1" Tubular Webbing (1-8’ and 1-20’)
-Dry suit – Highly Recommended
-Rescue PFD w/tether – recommended but not required
-Pulley (1 or more)
-First Aid Kit (contents based on your training and remoteness of trip)
-Please bring anything you normally use or have invented
-Rescue books and knot books that you like
-Breakdown Paddle (not everyone needs a spare paddle)
Open Directions (Google Maps)
From Denver: Take I-70 to the Dotsero exit (exit 133), about 130 miles. After taking the off ramp, turn right onto the frontage road going west for about 100 yards. The meeting place is in a dirt lot on the right of the road named Dotsero Landing, immediately before you get to the Colorado River. If you cross the river you've gone too far. The dirt parking lot is on the upstream side of the frontage road next to the river. This class begins at 9am.
Eagle County charges a $5 per vehicle parking fee at Dotsero Landing. Please bring cash for the fee and display parking pass on the dash of the vehicle.