Vertically Speaking specializes in teaching and applying high-angle single rope techniques in unique, adverse and extreme conditions. Whether your environment is mountain, cliff, cave, tree, or tactical application on manmade or natural surfaces, we teach you the skills to solve your rope mobality problems. We aim for rope travel fluency...up, down, and traversing any surface or obstacle.
We’re experts in two worlds: search and rescue, and law enforcement and military tactical operations. Our emphasis is on fast and light, minimal gear, 3 dimensional rope and vertical mobility.
Rope Rescue Training
Mountain rescue teams, cavers, and expeditions in remote vertical environments have one thing in common: they need to be self-reliant. Help could be hours or days away. Sometimes they need to solve problems only with what's on their harness or in their pack.
We provide courses designed to help you rig lightweight systems to self-rescue or save a subject. Skills include single-rope-technique, mechanical advantage, releasable anchors, pick-offs, closed loop rigging, counterweight techniques, and much more.
Law Enforcement / Military Tactical Operations Training
Vertical operations become inherently more complex and higher consequence when integrating firearms or interfacing with combatants. A rescue of a team-mate in such a venue requires operators to act quickly, with the gear they are wearing, and without any outside intervention.
Vertically Speaking is uniquely qualified to teach tactical operations on rope and in the backcountry. We train officers how to access all varieties of structures, even when top access is not directly possible, how to insert and extract teams and assets from vertical locations, and how to safely extricate bridge or tree protesters. We also train how to perform reconnaissance missions in harsh wilderness environments; and apply tactical tracking skills to locate fugitives or conduct perimeter security.
About Vertically Speaking
We believe that every rope technician – no matter the venue or industry – should be “fluent on rope.” They need to travel on rope as deftly as most people walk. It means moving in ALL directions... not just up and down, but also traversing left and right, sometimes with the weight of another person.
On rope, they can conduct interventions with patients or suspects as competently as a paramedic or police officer handles their “customer” on flat ground.
Why We’re Different
Most technical rope rescue and rigging schools teach conventional rescue methods using litters and two-tension rope systems. These are the go-to methods for fire departments and bigger rescue teams.
Though we value, understand, and can teach those programs, too, we focus on vertical mobility in extreme, unique, or hostile environments. We teach improvisational techniques and light-weight rescue solutions that get the job done quicker with fewer resources – when manpower is limited and you're out of time.
Any rope access team (big or small) can benefit from learning these skills. Incorporate them into your team's existing protocols, or use them when a more robust response won't work. Our goal is to provide more options, expand your critical thinking, and make you better at what you already do.