By Richard Rhinehart ~ February 6th, 2010. Filed under: Caving News, Williams Canyon Project.
Cavers and rescue personnel from throughout Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West are encouraged to attend the April 10-11, 2010 Cave Rescue Seminar at Colorado Springs. The seminar includes a full day Saturday classroom and exercise session at the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department and a full day mock rescue in one or more of the limestone caves of Williams Canyon, near the commercial Cave of the Winds.
Registration for the seminar is currently underway. The fee is $30 for registrations received by April 1, and $35 for registrations received thereafter. The fee includes class materials, coffee and donuts. Meals and lodging is the responsibility of the seminar participants.
The Seminar is sponsored by the Colorado Cave Rescue Network and the Cave of the Winds. Previous seminars have held mock rescues in historic Huccacove Cave, though seminar organizers hint another canyon cave or caves might be used for the 2010 seminar.
The weekend seminar begins with classroom sessions and hands-on practice sessions using obstacle courses. On Sunday, seminar participants arrive at the Cave of the Winds early in the morning, ready for a day of underground training. The session is treated much like a real cave rescue, with teams searching for lost and injured cavers, medical personnel monitoring “victims,” rescue personnel transport the mock victims from the cave and media personnel work with the local media.
In April 2006, the seminar training in Colorado Springs attracted 66 students for the Saturday classroom session and over 50 students in the mock rescue.
In 2008, the training seminar was held at Glenwood Caverns in west central Colorado.
The Colorado Cave Rescue Network is an organization of cavers who have joined together to act as a resource in cave emergencies and to manage cave rescue training in Colorado. It is the largest cave rescue group in the five-state Rocky Mountain Region of the National Speleological Society.Tags: cave, Cave of the Winds, caving, rescue, seminar, Williams Canyon