White Pine County has more caves than any other county in the state of Nevada, which makes it a great place to learn how to safely negotiate one and how to help someone who has had an accident in one. The National Cave Rescue Commission will be offering various cave rescue classes in the area. Classes are designed for both cavers and local responders such as firefighters and EMS and SAR personnel.

An Orientation to Cave Rescue Class will be held at Great Basin National Park April 18 & 19. This class is an intensive two-day introduction to the science and management of cave rescue operations. Let by a team of highly qualified instructors, the techniques and skills learned from this two-day seminar may be directly applied to cave rescue scenarios across the country.

Also being offered is Vertical Training on April 17 in Baker, Nevada, which will focus on teaching and improving single rope techniques, a rebelay course, and hauls and lowers on cliffs. This class will introduce concepts to those who are just starting to learn vertical techniques and also reinforce skills for those who are more experienced. It will also be a great precursor for the Small Party Assisted Rescue (SPAR) Class to be held June 11-14, 2015 in Lund, Nevada. The SPAR class encompasses various vertical techniques such as counterbalances and traveling hauls while using minimal gear and minimal personnel.

Registration is open with limited spaces available. For the Orientation to Cave Rescue and Vertical Training, visit ocr-nevada.eventbrite.com, and for the Small Party Assisted Rescue Class, visit spar-nevada.eventbrite.com.

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