OCC Training at Big Block 
Sunday, April 26, 2015, 06:56 PM - Weekend Fun, AMRC
Saturday was the OCCers last training before their final testout weekend. Paul ran a good scenario in which his daughter had an open tibia fracture (complete with animal bone and tomato sauce blood) on the Big Block shelf. I came in with the support team and built an anchor with Andrea's trad rack for the patient, Verena, and I. The rock was terrible (crumbly), so when we started putting the litter attendant, patient, and 2 support folks on it, I got nervous and added a couple more pieces for a total of 5 cams. Verena did a great job of taking care of the medical components and paul worked the litter well. I haven't seen something like this done before, but we had 2 lines for the toe and head of the little tied into the anchor to stabilize it for patient loading. Paul was still too far out to help, so I built a tiny 3:1 off the master point on the litter system and pulled everyone in. To transfer the patient to the Stokes, we clipped her into the main and I lowered her on a munter. After she was fully packaged, the upper team raised the litter off the rock shelf; Verena and I let out the head and toe lines; and then I let out the 3:1 system and the litter slowly swung back out into the free air. They transitioned back to a lower and everyone reached the ground safely. The OCC then ran a quick low angle back to the road to reiterate wheeled litter transport. Overall it went well, but at 2 hours the whole thing took much too long.

The afternoon was devoted to a few specific skills: rap/ascension transitions and knot passes.







Afterwards everyone went over to Paulie's place to BBQ. The best part for me is feeling like I'm finally starting to get to know some of the new crew :)




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