This course will introduce the entry-level participant to the technical aspects and the adventure
of high-angle environments.
ALL students must show photo ID at Sign-In, regardless of age!
Ideal for the entire family, you don`t need to be an athlete to gain tremendous knowledge, skill, and confidence in just four days. If you are fearful of heights, this is the course for you because you will be exposed to increasing heights only at a pace which is comfortable for you.
At the conclusion of this exhilarating course, you will understand and be able to confidently use a wide array of equipment found in the world of ropes and rappelling. You will be confident in selecting and using the correct gear, maintaining and protecting your equipment, tying knots, setting "bomb-proof" anchors, establishing belay stations, communicating as partners, judging risks, and of course, lots and lots of rappelling.
Lecture Topics Include:
Lectures include safety in all aspects of rappelling, types of materials used in manufacturing the equipment, care and storage of your gear, the physics of rappelling, equipment specifications and weight limitations, rope properties and selecting the proper one for the given situation, tying proper and strong knots, setting anchors, rappelling and belay devices, and understanding the communication and relationship between rappeller and belayer.
You will experience repetitive exercises to engrain the skills described in the lectures, multiple rappels from various heights on Front Sight`s 55-foot rappelling tower, and problem solving (ascending, freeing stuck clothing, lowering, mechanical advantage, and a self-rescue "Skills Test").
Front Sight provides all the equipment needed for this course. Your safety is paramount. Front Sight takes your safety so seriously, you must use Front Sight`s rappelling equipment. Front Sight purchases equipment only from major manufacturers with reputations for quality and reliability. Our equipment is professionally inspected and maintained so you can be assured of safety and learn with confidence.
Depending on the season, you may need rain gear layered clothing for warmth.
Front Sight allows the use of Front Sight safety equipment only. Participants cannot use their own harnesses, ropes, carabineers, etc. You will need to bring your own leather gloves. We suggest gloves which are heavy-duty, leather, form-fitting, work style or rappelling specific gloves. Minimum age is 16 if taking the course unaccompanied. Minimum age is 13 if taking the course with a parent or guardian. The parent must work with the child during the entire course, and be responsible for only ONE child. Children age 12 and under are not allowed.
Unattended minors are NOT allowed on the property. They must be escorted by a parent or guardian at all times or be enrolled in an appropriate course.