500 Feet

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Yesterday, the Mountain Rescue Team conducted a big wall training session in Ice Box Canyon at Red Rock Canyon. The objective of the mission was to work in a high angle environment that required the team to make contact with a victim that was more than 500 feet below them.

Rescues that involve heights of 200 feet or more require more specialized skill and equipment management.  In order to be prepared for any situation, the team trains above and beyond.

Here's a picture of equipment being short hauled to the upper Landing Zone:

The view of Red Rock from high above Ice Box Canyon:

A total of 6 Rescuers were lowered two at a time to help package and extricate the victim:

If you happened to be in Red Rock yesterday, you may have seen our helicopters in the Red Rock Overlook parking lot, just past Willow Springs.  Not only were we conducting a training session, but a film crew was out taking video of our Unit in action.  According to the film crew, a final version will be ready by the end of the year.  We'll continue to keep you posted on progress!