The Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section

Alpine Practice - Rappel (FULL) - Wed, Aug 16 2017

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PRE-REGISTRATION MAY BE REQUIRED. Please review the event details carefully, and if registration is required and you'd like to join us, you must sign up at the bottom of this page. Non-member guests must contact the leader (see Notes below) to register. If payment is required for this event, you will be expected to send your payment to the Event Leader - payable to the Alpine Club of Canada, Vancouver Section.

The Basics:
Event Type:Training
Event Location:Squamish
Date(s) & Time:Wed, Aug 16 2017  9:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: N/A   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Aug 14 2017 8:00:00 AM
Event Duration:8 hours
Difficulty Rating:D2: Moderate
Event Leader(s): Serguei Okountsev
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 & Older Only
Attendee Screening: Attendees are Pre-Screened - Trip Leader will review your background and may contact you before accepting you on the trip.
Number Registered So Far: 4 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)






Will practice low-angle alpine rappel skills (no free-air).

  • The specifics of alpine rappel (compared to rock-climbing). Low-angle and free-air. Single vs. multipitch. Long pitches and roofs.
  • Review of the essential equipment (daisy chains, 2nd belay device, quick links, prusiks, ropes, rappel gloves, two-way radios, hand drills)
  • Alpine knots (12)
  • Fall factor and impact forces
  • Why you need to avoid rappelling
  • Ultimate backup
  • Rappel components: anchor.  SRENE principle
  • Rappel components: rope
  • Rappel components: rappeller
  • Rappel components: method
  • Taking / paying out rope with backup prusik on
  • Rappel voice commands
  • Final check
  • Retrieving rappel rope
  • Stopping/resuming in midrappel
  • Switching to climbing the rope
  • Climbing the rope with two prusik slings, hauling backpack, switching to rappel mode

Elements Of Advanced Rappel:

  • Transferring backpack to/from rope
  • Passing the knot
  • Rappel reset (multipitch protocol)
  • Avoiding closed systems: pre-rigged Munter Mule and Clipping to a high-angle anchor (e.g. bolt) 

Required Items to Bring:

Basic set for alpine rock


  • daisy chain
  • two prusiks (chest+leg)
  • ratchet (short) prusik
  • recue pulley
  • ascenders (tiblock or ropeman)
  • 5 lockers
  • belay (reverso) device 
  • anchor material (nylon cords, sewn slings)
  • quick links (2-5)
  • dynamic/static alpine rope(s)
  • rappel gloves
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Rappel gloves, sunscreen, mosquito repellent.

How to Get There:
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):100Km
Carpool Departure Time: N/A
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
** Vancouver Transit Info
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $25.00 (calculated at total Km * $0.25, effective Saturday, October 19, 2019). This is based on the current provincial government rate for private vehicle use.  Please pay your share of the cost to the carpool driver.

  • We don't practice in bad weather. If forecasted P.O.P. (weat exceeds 30% the trip will be automatically cancelled. This is beyond trip organizer's control - short notice cancellations are quite possible and do occur.
  • This is not a course - you must have minimum alpine experience and prior formal training.
  • Be sure to check SPAM folder for important messages regarding this event.

Formal mountaineering training.
Must have climbed at least one Alpine Select route.

IMPORTANT: You must pass minimum screening requirements above. The trip organizer will use your ACC profile to check courses you have taken and peaks you have climbed. You can also provide additional information in this form (click here): Alpine Experience



- We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines at all times while participating in ACC VA events.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Etiquette Guidelines!
Note: If you don't show up we will be very hurt!
*Note: Very sorry, but members with history of bailing or no-shows in the past 12 months can't attend this session.

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