Last night saw the Team split into several different sections for this week’s Tuesday Training. The main part of the Team was at Gutter Tor doing a navigation exercise with the potential new recruits.
A small group was at Shaugh Prior for rope training. Because of the need to work in close proximity to each other, we followed the team Covid-19 protocol and wore protective masks throughout the day.
Group one worked on anchors, an essential skill that needs to be practised and forms the basis of our rescue systems. We looked at how to select an unquestionably sound anchor, angles, and different ways to tie into that anchor – including the use of slings and the rope. We also had an opportunity to practice various knots, and to discuss the merits and cons of each.
Group two worked on lowering and raising a team member using a Petzl ID (industrial descender) device. Each team member practised being lowered and raise up & down a short slope, and also using the lowering device, as well as working on the commands needed for raising and lowering.