Diamond Peak, Incline Village, NV
2017 Fall Technical Rope Rescue for Ski Patrollers Clinic
held at Diamond Peak Resort, Incline Village, NV
October 28th and 29th, 2017

This 2 day program from the Association of Professional Patrollers prepares the patroller for response to cliff and rope rescue emergencies.

In this two day hands-on clinic we'll cover all sorts of belay and anchor issues, tower climbing, fallen tower worker scenarios, hardware and software options and considerations, what to carry in your pack/vest, with plenty of time for hands-on practice and training.  Rope Rescue professionals from Cascade Rescue and other agencies will be on hand to augment our APP qualified Ski Patrol Instructors and judges in the training, discussions and hands-on scenarios.  There will be a social event in Incline Village on Saturday night as well. Be prepared and come with your own helmet, harness, webbing, and resort specific rescue gear you are interested in discussing. Get prepped for your own resort's refresher and learn about some historically proven and new procedures and protocols. 

$125 for APP members
$165 for non- APP Members

Lodging: We are working on discounted housing opportunities, but have none at this time.


Devin Hiemstra - Devin Hiemstra is a full time Pro Patrol Supervisor at Mount Rose Ski Resort.He has been ski patrolling since 2000. Devin enjoys climbing anything on either side of vertical. During the off-season he works with UCLA Outdoor Adventures leading climbing trips and training new guides. Devin is currently the APP Rope Rescue Head Judge.

Robert Walters- Robert Walters is the APP Technical Rescue Coordinator and holds degrees in Education, Fire Service Administration and Fire Science. He presently, is an instructor for the Technical Rope Team and Ski Response Team at Jackson County Search and Rescue. In addition, he responds with a Fire Department Technical Rescue Team and practices paramedicine with a community ambulance service. He has worked on technical rescue teams at Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Crater Lake National Parks.

Ted Cook - Ted Cook is the Lead Instructor for Cascade Rescue Company specializing in Lift and Gondola Evacuations utilizing the Cascade Rescue Cable and Hang Gliders. Ted has been a Professional Patroller at Schweitzer Mountain Resort for 35 years and is a Certified SPRAT Level 1 rope access technician as well as a Ropes Rescue Technician Level I & II and a Certified Tower Climber/Rescue Technician.

Scott Polk - Scott Polk is the Northern California Sales Rep for Petzl Sport and Professional divisions. He has been rock/ice climbing for 8 years with some years of guiding while in college. Working for Petzl, Scott became a S.P.R.A.T Level 1 Technician and has gone through many internal trainings on the best use of any Petzl gear. He will be there with demo gear and to answer any product related questions or applications

Stay tuned here for updates as more information about instructors and a more detailed Agenda is developed.

To REGISTER, visit this page. 

Note that all participants at this clinic must be current dues-paying APP members for this season, 2017-2018. To become an APP Member, visit this page.

All participants are expected to bring and use their own PPE and self evac Equipment.

Recommended kit should include:

  • helmet,
  • gloves,
  • harness,
  • cordage,
  • 4 carabineers,
  • friction device,
  • cutting tool
  • Self-evac rope, harness, belay device, 2 prussicks
Proposed Agenda - exact details may vary based on weather and attendance

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