Welcome to our web site.
The Self Rescue Group consists of a team
of cavers living in the western United States. Our goals are to
develop, document, and teach caving self rescue techniques to
other cavers living within the region. This serves our ultimate
vision of increasing caving safety and competence. Many of the caves in our
region are cold, difficult, and in remote areas. If an accident
occurs, it may be hard for cavers to
call out for help. It could be several
hours or days from the initial accident until a cave rescue team
arrives. At a minimum, cavers need the skills to assess and stabilize
a patient. Under some restricted conditions, it may be best to start
evacuation of the patient. The Self Rescue Group is dedicated to
giving cavers the skills they need to avoid accidents and handle
them if necessary.
This site contains information
about us, descriptions of the
classes that we offer, and several links to training
organizations, rescue teams, and equipment manufacturers.
Cavers outside the region may find interest in the
Discussion List, the
Events List, and the
We hope that you will enjoy your visit. If you have any suggestions or comments,
please contact us.
The Self Rescue Group
Building a rope stretcher.
Photo by M. Martin