Ropedancing under the bridge: LGA rock team completes training as rope access technicians level 1 and 2

Posted on 21 December.

It’s actually a lovely spot, reminiscent of a vacation: the Menach meanders through the green meadow. An old, disused railroad bridge, over which occasionally a cyclist rides. The training site in Mitterfels near Straubing invites you to rest and relax. But that’s not what the LGA rock team has come for. On the agenda is a tight training program from 10-12 and 23-27 October, which will train participants to become rope access technicians level 1 and level 2.

Training location in Mitterfels

The assessment of rocks with the aid of rope access technology (SZT) is an essential part of the rock team’s work. Rocks often cannot be adequately inspected from the ground or by drone because they are difficult to see or details such as the fracture pattern cannot be examined from a distance. In order to be able to assign a well-founded risk level to rock massifs and plan adequate safety measures, a thorough and object-oriented examination using SZT is used. Rope access has little to do with sport climbing. Instead of climbing the rock themselves, the experts use personal protective equipment (PPE) to abseil down or climb up two ropes.

Climbing up the rope under the watchful eye of the instructor

For nine years, the LGA’s rock experts have been trained annually in the use of PPE specifically for use in rock assessments. This year, Christoph Rieser, instructor of the Association of German Mountain and Ski Guides (VDBS), has chosen the natural stone bridge pillars in Mitterfels as the training site for the rope access technician level 1 and 2 training. The program includes both repetition of what has already been learned and the acquisition of new skills: Rappelling and ascending on ropes (vertical direction), rope changes and traverses (horizontal direction), climbing over stands, setting up and using pulleys, various rescue scenarios for rescuing a person who has had an accident, knot tying and theory units, e.g. on material science and fall physics.

Rescue exercise: rescuing an accident victim downwards

On the last day of each of the two training blocks, a theoretical and practical examination took place, which was taken by the state-certified mountain and ski guide Andreas Schanzer; VDBS, and with the passing of which the participants were awarded Level 1 (10.-12.10.) and Level 2 (23.-27.10.).

We are delighted to have been accepted into the VDBS as rope access technicians and would like to thank Christoph Rieser and Andreas Schanzer for their excellent training.

Transverse route on a steel cable under the bridge at a height of almost 20 m

LGA Institut für Umweltgeologie und Altlasten GmbH

Christian-Hessel-Str. 1
D-90427 Nürnberg

Phone:  +49 911 12076 100
Telefax:  +49 911 12076 110

LGA Institut für Umweltgeologie und Altlasten GmbH

Christian-Hessel-Str. 1
90427 Nürnberg

Tel: +49 911 12076 100
Fax: +49 911 12076 110


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