For rescue assistance, call 911 or Boulder County Sheriff's dispatch
Thanks to our supporters:
RMRG tests rescue systems and components as part of our ongoing equipment development
and safety assurance work. We have a long history of this due to our close ties
to the University of Colorado and the many engineers that become members of RMRG.
CU Balch Field House
Rope Abrasion Testing
RMRG Test Tower
RMRG owns and operates a 35 ft. test tower. This allows for both
static and dynamic testing with drop mass up to 1000 lbs. We have developed protocols for drop load testing and
abrasion testing. The test tower is equipped with a
high speed data acquisition system including two load cell strain
gauges. Some of our results:
We performed an extensive investigation of a June 22, 2010 climbing accident fatality in Eldorado
Canyon caused by a climbing rope failure, Yellow Spur Rope Failure
Questions about our test tower program can be addressed to our test tower chair at
RMRG typically tests all our equipment to ensure our 4:1 safety factor for
individual components. Rescue operations and our testing involve both static
and dynamic loads. Testing also helps ensure that the equipment we use has an
We use as much commercial rescue equipment as possible. In some cases,
there is not a commercial product available that meets our rescue requirements.
In these cases we will develop our own equipment. If you have a question about
our equipment development work, please contact our equipment chair at
The following pieces of equipment have been developed by RMRG.
Backpackable stainless steel litter with metal wall plates.
Modified fire helmet with retractable shield and litter helmet rail attachment system.
Litter Belay device that can be configured for single rope scree or double rope vertical rescue lowering.
Portable gas powered hydraulic winch for raising or lowering 3/16"
aircraft cable to 1000 lbs. RMRG retired the winch system in 1999.