Over the month of September, two Rope Access courses were held in Bolivia and Peru with the supervision of Andreas Fuhrer and Urs Wellauer.
The first day of the course in La Paz, Bolivia, kicked off with a review of essential rope access techniques and rescue maneuvers, which were conducted alongside four Level 3 experts from Bolivia. The proficiency displayed by these experts showcased the effectiveness of their prior training.
The Level 3 course, had the participation from three Bolivian participants and one from Argentina. Throughout the course, participants tackled tasks with unwavering enthusiasm, ultimately earning provisional diplomas at its conclusion. By the end of 2023, all participants must prepare and submit comprehensive safety and rescue concepts for evaluation. Once this requirement is met satisfactorily, their training will be officially completed.
The training center at the La Salle Universidad site, has considerable potential, but it needs further expansion and development.
In expressing their gratitude, Andreas Fuhrer and Urs Wellauer extended their thanks to the AGMTB RAS training experts for their excellent preparation and the overall pleasant cooperation that characterized the training.
In Peru, an intensive Level 2 rope access training course was held in Huaraz. The training began with a refresher course for the 4 RAS Level 3 experts and one IRATA Level 3 expert on the first day. As the days unfolded, the Level 2 course steadily improved, thanks to the collective efforts of 12 participants who undertook the rigorous training. 11 out of the 12 participants successfully completed the course and earned their certifications.
The well-equipped training center, complete with two platforms that were incorporated into the training exercises, garnered praise from the experts. Furthermore, the availability of wall-based exercises, while not free-hanging, contributed to a comprehensive training experience.
The organizers extended their gratitude to the AGMP experts for their invaluable contributions and pleasant collaboration throughout the training program.
However, there was also a call to action for the future of rope access training in South America. To ensure continued success, it was emphasized that training structures must be developed under the guidance of national mountain guide associations. A comprehensive strategy, led by a dedicated individual, is needed to advance the project effectively.