NCRC Regional Level I Lava Beds

NCRC Regional Level I Lava Beds
Event on 2016-09-12 07:00:00
Cave Rescue Operations & Management Seminar presented by the NATIONAL CAVE RESCUE COMMISSION of the National Speleological Society September 10-16, 2016 Lava Beds National Monument, Tulelake, California About the Seminar The NCRC level 1 seminar is an intensive introduction to the science and management of cave rescue operations. It prepares a student to be a task force member in an organized cave rescue. The curriculum covers the cave environment, ropes and devices, leadership and followership, incident command, patient packaging, medical and psychological considerations, hypothermia, media relations, raising, lowering, and belaying. A typical day starts with lectures in the morning, field exercises in the afternoon, and skills check offs in the evening. The seminar will end with a student-run mock rescue. This seminar will introduce you to nationally adopted cave rescue practices and the caving environment. Successful graduates are eligible to take level 2 training which is offered at the national seminar each year. The seminar provides approximately 100 hours of instruction over seven days. Its classes are physically strenuous and participants must be in good physical health. Students should be prepared to work in difficult situations, both above and below ground. NCRC requires participants in its seminars to possess certain skills as prerequisites. Each student must demonstrate his or her ability to independently ascend (on rope), change over, rappel part way down, tie off their descender, changeover, then downclimb on their ascenders safely to the ground as part of initial check-in skills. Students must also demonstrate proficiency with the basic knots and hitches used in cave rescue. Information on specific prerequisites will be provided upon registration, or may be found on the NCRC website. Lava Beds National Monument The legacy of Northern California’s volcanic activity is both hidden and observable in this rugged landscape. Cinder cones, shield volcanoes, stratovolcanoes, spatter cones and nearly 700 lava tubes are all part of this legacy. In fact, several caves and surface features are within walking distance of the campground. Many sessions and exercises will be held underground. September temperatures at Lava Beds National Monument range from warm afternoons to cold nights. The caves will not be muddy but may be dusty. Long pants or coveralls, sunscreen, sturdy boots, and plenty of water are recommended for comfort and safety during outdoor activities. Rugged multi-layered clothing (caving coveralls or caving pants), kneepads, sturdy boots, and leather gloves are recommended. Crawling on lava tends to shred boot toes. Duct tape them or prepare them with aquaseal. More information is available at: Personal Equipment Requirements All personal equipment must be in safe, usable condition and marked to identify the owner. Equipment deemed unsafe or unacceptable during check-in must be replaced prior to the student’s continued participation in the course. 1. Helmet: A UIAA or CE approved mountaineering style helmet with 3 or 4-point suspension and a non-elastic chinstrap. 2. Lights: Three dependable, independent sources are required. Each must be capable of getting you out of the cave and must provide ample light to see. Each should be rugged and at least two, preferably all three, must be helmet mountable. 3. Rugged clothing. 4. Gloves:  Good leather or at least leather palm work gloves when handling rope. 5. Boots: Sturdy, lug soled, lace-up type boots with good support. 6. Food: Quick energy, ready to eat like trail mix, candy bars, small can of beans, fruit, etc. 7. Water: One liter water bottle required, two recommended. 8. Four locking carabiners.  These must be independent of your climbing system. 9. Garbage bags. At least two 30-33 gallon size. 10. Personal first aid kit 11. Two pieces of webbing, 15 or 20 feet. 12. Cave pack capable of carrying your gear, food, layers, and some extra. 13. Rappel device:  Must be a rappel rack, a micro-rack with hyperbar, a bobbin with an offset carabiner, a rescue 8 with ears, or a Scarab-type device. 14. Climbing system:  Each student must have his/her OWN climbing system.  This must be a complete working climbing system with mechanical ascenders with at least two points of gripping attachment above the center of gravity that tie into the harness.  A quick attachment safety (QAS) must be incorporated into the system or be available as an addition to the system. 15. Sewn Seat Harness. Travel Directions From the I-5 corridor, take U.S. 97 north at Weed. Continue north on U.S. 97 to a right turn on California Hwy. 161, also known as Stateline Road, as shown by large signs. Travel east on CA 161 through the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge to Hill Road. Turn right on Hill road at the West End Grocery Store, following monument signs. Travel south on Hill Road 10 miles until you enter Lava Beds National Monument. Find maps here: Meal Plan There will be a pot of coffee in the classroom and food for lunches in the field. Breakfasts and dinners are the responsibility of the students. Bring your own coolers and ice. Accomodations & Lodging This will be a camping seminar. Camping at the Lava Beds campground is included in your registration. Showers are available at the research center where we will be holding our class sessions. No RV hookups are available at the camp site. White Nose Syndrome Instructions Absolutely no clothing or equipment that has been used in White Nose Syndrome afflicted areas will be allowed in any caves. Clothing and equipment used outside of Lava Beds National Monument must  be decontaminated in advance using national decon protocols. All students and instructors will be expected to sign an affadavit stating they they understand and have followed these rules. More information is available at Vertical Refresher An optional vertical refresher will be held Friday, September 9 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. SRT skills and knots will be reviewed. Schedule Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 10. Class will start promptly at 8:00 a.m. each day and finish by 10 p.m. each evening. The seminar ends after the debrief following the mock rescue on Friday, September 16. The expected time is at 9 p.m., but could vary depending on a number of circumstances. All students are encouraged to spend Friday night at the site to recuperate before heading home on Saturday, September 17. Registration Student Registration – includes class and camping: 0.00 (Registration is limited to 20 students) Non-NSS fee – required for non-NSS members: .00 (hint, it's cheaper to become an NSS member!) You must attend the entire class to successfully complete the seminar. Students under the age of 18 must contact prior to registration. Cancellation policy: 25% Cancellation Fee after August 1, 2016. No refunds after August 15, 2016. You may transfer your registration to someone else with no fee up to September 8, 2016, with approval from Seminar Contacts Gretchen Baker, 775-234-7541, Katrina Smith, (530) 667-8150, The NCRC is an internal commission of the National Speleological Society. Visit us online at

at Lava Beds National Monument
1 Indian Well
Tulelake, United States

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