Training begins in the Staging area, where participants get into their gear and issued the equipment they will need to rappel. We adjust harnesses and other equipment to fit each individual and teach the participants about the correct way to wear their gear.

In the Training Area, we train participants how to use the descender and back-up device. The descender we use is a ‘Petzl I’d’. We discuss how to properly operate the I’d and the effect of friction and weight on the rope. We use a ‘Petzl ASAP’ as our back up device.

We discuss what causes the back-up device to engage and how to signal that the device has engaged. Once the signal is given we show people how to correctly release the ASAP.