Special rescues

New considerations come into the picture when you have to deal with an unconscious victim or with more than one fallen climber at a time.

To help an unconscious climber, first send someone down by rappelling or being lowered on belay. The helper can administer first aid and also get a fallen climber right-side up if necessary. The unconscious climber can be pulled up by brute force or with the Z-pulley. To help get the unconscious climber over the lip of the crevasse, a rescuer may have to work right at the edge or from inside the crevasse.

To rescue more than one fallen climber, assess each person's condition and the best method for getting each one out, and then decide the order of rescue. Be sure each fallen climber is given warm clothing, if needed, and keep them informed of rescue plans as they develop.

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