About the Course

Let's face it: building highlines is as much an art as it is a science. When you enroll in Highline Sections with Tom Wood & Vertical Rescue Solutions, you'll get an inside look at how to navigate the maze of pre-planning a rescue at a very busy climbing area. 

Routinely called out for high angle evacuations at this location, Tom’s technical rope rescue unit, the Alpine Rescue Team, along with the assistance of the local emergency response units, have designed a highline system using only removable bolts. Access in and or out of this area has been determined dangerous for rescue units, so pre-planned and methodical strategy was needed.

What You'll Learn

This course covers must-know information like...

  • What a highline should be used for

  • The considerations for anchors

  • The forces generated at these anchors

  • How to plan around anchors

  • And more!

Learn from One of the Best in the Industry

Learn more about Highline Sections expert instructor

  • Tom Wood

    Rigging Lab Academy Instructor | Training Manager for PMI's Vertical Rescue Solutions

    Tom Wood

    Tom is the Training Manager for Vertical Rescue Solutions by PMI®. An 11-year veteran of the Alpine Rescue Team in Evergreen, Colorado, he has served as the team’s New Member Director, Equipment Director and ATV Director.During the Columbia Shuttle Recovery Effort in 2003, he served as a division SAR superintendant. Tom is a Level II Avalanche Technician and HeloTech II. He is also a certified tower climber, SPRAT Level 2 certified and an IRATA certified Rope Access Technician. A past presenter for the Mountain Rescue Association, National Association of Search and Rescue, International Technical Rescue Symposium (ITRS) and the Colorado Search and Rescue Board, Tom is also certified in CPR for the Healthcare Provider and First Responder.Tom comes from a commercial and residential construction background, and he learned firsthand the importance of jobsite safety and compliance while serving as the safety manager for two different roofing companies. A 1990 graduate of Kent State University’s Photojournalism program, Tom served as a Combat Photographer for the United States Marine Corps Reserves for six years. He is a freelance writer on the side, who has authored a memoir, Trading Steel for Stone, and contributed to several rescue and industrial safety books and publications. His extracurricular activities include mountaineering, writing, ice climbing, rock climbing, caving and trail running. He lives in Conifer, Colorado with his wife and three children.

Course Curriculum

  • 1
    Unit 1: Welcome
  • 3
    Unit 3: Highline Anchors
    • 3.1 Highline Anchors
    • 3.1 Video Tutorial: Highline Anchors
  • 4
    Unit 4: Highline Tensioning Systems
    • 4.1 Highline Tensioning Systems
    • 4.2 Video Tutorial: Highline Tensioning Systems
  • 5
    Unit 5: Highline Fixed Side Anchor
    • 5.1 Highline Fixed Side Anchor System
    • 5.2 Video Tutorial: Highline Fixed Side Anchor System
  • 6
    Unit 6: Wrap Up
    • 6.1 Wrap Up

Added Perks

Additional features Rigging Lab Academy Members are enjoying

  • Certificate of Completion

    Download your personalized Certificate of Completion after completing the course.

  • 100% Self-Paced

    Go through the course material as fast or as slow as you'd like.

  • Private Discussion Board

    Ask questions, meet other students, and even chat with the course instructor.

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