Becoming a Prospective Member
RMRG's Sunday field practices (and occasional Wednesday night practices) are only open to members and explicitly approved prospective members. In order to participate in field practices and apply for membership, prospective members must first complete the Prospective Training Program (PTP).
The PTP is a series of meetings and weekend trainings that provide new recruits with the background and skills to begin the process towards full membership. After completing the PTP, it takes Prospective Members (PM's) anywhere from 6 to 18 months of regular attendance at meetings and practices before being ready to submit a membership application. Election to membership is determined by a majority vote of active members. Completion of the PTP is not a guarantee of election to membership. Although not required, nearly all of our members live in Boulder County.
Due to overwhelming interest, our we are no longer accepting applications for our 2019 training class. The Jan 11th intro session is still scheduled and is required for any applicants who couldn't come on Dec 8th.
For applicants, the PTP attendance requirements are below:
RMRG will conduct a PTP in April 2019 (weekends of 4/13- 4/14 and 4/27-4/28). We are currently collecting applications to attend those weekends. We will review all completed applications and conduct in-person interviews in early 2019. In addition to completing the application, there are several requirements you must meet to participate in the PTP and begin training with RMRG.
Attend at least one of the two Intro to RMR lectures (the lectures will be identical; Sat, Dec 8 and Fri, Jan 11 (NOTE UPDATED DATES), check the calendar page for meeting location)
Have attended at least three normal Wednesday night meetings in the 6 months prior to attending the April 13-14 weekend. At those meetings we debrief our recent missions and then usually go into some sort of training topic. All meetings are scheduled on the calendar on our website. These required meetings are in addition to the Intro to RMR lectures.
Fully attend both PTP weekends in April 13-14 and April 27-28, 2019
Pass a knot test at the beginning of the first weekend (expertly tie bowlines, figure 8’s, double sheetbend, munter hitch, and prussik).
Pass a deeper knot test at the end of the second weekend (expertly tie bowlines, figure 8’s, water knot, double sheetbends, double fisherman’s, munter hitch, prussik, clove hitch -- note that the knots pluralized can be tied in multiple ways and all may be tested)
Following successful completion of all of the above, new Prospective Members must maintain a minimum attendance of 2 practices and 2 meetings in every calendar quarter in order to be allowed to attend field practices.
Read more on becoming a Prospective Member (3 pages, PDF).