Tactical Lead Climbing

Introduction

Tactical Lead Climbing is designed to acquaint and train selected special operators to the specifics of mountaineering lead climbing under bare rock conditions.  It is not a course that teaches basic mountaineer principles and fundamentals.  (see Mountain Rescue Training)  All participants in a TLC course must already possess a sound understanding of mountain operations.  (Not everyone harbors the necessary skills and acumen to be lead climbers.  Units should ensure TLC candidates are suitable for this training.)  Specific winter-/cold-weather-unique training is taught during the Winter TLCs.

Topics

  • Knots, anchor systems, belay stations, and management;
  • Ascent and descent training;
  • Route selection, movement, mechanical advantages, and self-rescue techniques;
  • Nighttime/low-illumination operations.
  • Specific client mission needs and dictates.

Objectives

  • All field operations are conducted by certified American  Mountain Guides (AMGA).
  • TLC-Summer courses fulfill all or part of the following USAF CFEP 1T2X1-Related Tasks:
    • Low- and High-Angle Rescue Fundamentals: 6.3
    • Rappel: 6.5
    • Mountain Evacuation Operations: 6.9
  • TLC-Winter courses fulfill all or part of the following USAF CFEP 1T2X1-Related Tasks:
    • Low- and High-Angle Rescue Fundamentals:   6.3
    • Rappel: 6.5
    • Snow and Ice climbing: 6.6
    • Snow and Glacier Travel: 6.7
    • Avalanche Hazard and Rescue: 6.8
    • Mountain Evacuation Operations: 6.9

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