Vertical and Tactical Training

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.


Spar Manual

This is our 600 page Small Party - Small Team. Manual. 

Spar Manual

Is now the standard in the industry for Small Party Rescue Techniques. This manual covers many subjects related to Small Party rescue.

These include rescue techniques use in one of the most hostile environments. Caves are arguably one of the most hostile environments.  No light, poor or no communications, extended travel time of gear and personnel are some of the reasons the cave environment is a difficult environment to work in.

All rescue teams will benefit from techniques included in this manual. You may not always have the gear and personnel that you normally use. These systems can allow you to perform a rescue, when it is critical for the patient and you do not have time for a larger response or more gear to show up.

600 full color pages on synthetic water-resistant paper. A must have for any rescue team, or group.



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What We Offer
Check out our current training courses, or contact us for a customized approach to your group’s specific training needs.


About Vertically Speaking

Our Philosophy
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 resourceswhen 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.

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Training, knowledge and practice is the key.