SRT - Single Rope Technique

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The rope climbing and rappelling skills used by vertical cavers

(A prerequisite to the Hauls & Lowers for Wilderness Environments Class)

This class is designed to introduce students to Single Rope Technique (SRT) basic skills. Students will be instructed on how to safely climb and rappel using SRT with hands-on training in both classroom and field settings. While the class is a group setting, the instructor to student ratio is about 1:2 to ensure safety; each learning station has a dedicated instructor.

Topics covered include: rigging and equipment, climbing systems and their applications, ascending, descending, changeovers in both directions, and dealing with rope obstructions

Class starts at 8am on Saturday: morning is indoor classroom, afternoon is hands-on skills in a covered high bay. There is no end-time, but a typical class wraps up the day around 6pm. Sunday, class is in the field all day on gorgeous bluffs! 

October 15-16, 2022
$100 donation / person
Limited to 15 participants
Current enrollment: 15
Contact Dan at if you want to be placed on a waiting list.

(count is manually updated, paypal maintains accurate count)
Registration is via PayPal only, but a PayPal account is not required
If for some reason you cannot attend class, please notify HCRU two weeks prior.
**Please specify all participant names and preferred e-mail addresses**

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Equipment Requirements

Participants MUST provide the following:
1. Sturdy, lugged-sole lace-up boots 
2. Outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather 
3. Well-fitted gloves with leather palms and full fingers (work gloves are fine)
4. Soft-capped kneepads (such as volleyball type pads) 
5. Cash for lunch on Saturday (not all local restaurants accept credit cards)
6. Snacks, water, and bag lunch for Sunday (we are in field all day)
The HCRU will provide helmets, but if you have your own climbing-approved helmet feel free to bring it

The HCRU will provide all the necessary climbing and rappelling gear.

Age Requirement
All participants must be 18 years old or have a signed Liability Release Form

HELPFUL KNOWLEDGE / PREP WORK: All the following knots are covered as a part of the course, but it will enhance your experience practice these before class if you are not yet familiar. Click to go to an animated step by step instruction for tying:  Alpine Butterfly  -  Bowline  -  Double Fisherman  -  Prusik  -  Water Knot  -  Figure 8: Follow-Through  -  Figure 8: Double ("Bunny Ears")

Class Schedule
Class begins at 0800 on Saturday at
Brindlee Mountain Fire Station 1 - 4373 U.S. 231, Union Grove, AL‎ - (256) 498-3109
This is a NEW station so it may not be in your GPS devices, so please use: 34.47079, -86.56802

Class will be held rain, heat or shine.
We train for real-life situations. Come prepared for the weather!

Looking for a place to stay? Information on Camping

Please see  for a more in-depth course in summer.

Class questions? Contact:

Dan Mattle

Brian Bailey (256) 509-4785