Beginning in early May each year, rappeller rookie training is a five-week program designed to hone the skills and test the abilities of prospective rappellers. The curriculum is a mixture of classroom time and field-based work, including annual fire and saw refreshers, basic aviation and helicopter crewmember indoctrination, and copious amounts of physical training.
Midway through the training cycle, rookies can expect to enjoy five days of fun and leisure in the field for Mountain Week. This experience is is tailored to simulate many of the physical and mental stresses of remote firefighting.
Finally, rookie training culminates with successful candidates being sent on to the National Rappel Academy in Salmon, Idaho.
We expect rappeller candidates to arrive in peak condition physically and mentally, ready to work hard and absorb a large amount of new information. If you're interested in being a part of this experience, please contact Kyle Johnson.