Course Overview

We are pleased to announce Rescue 3 International’s Technical Rope Rescue- Technician Level (TRR-TL) course delivered within the Great Smoky Mountains of Western, North Carolina. This certification course will introduce the technical rope rescue to firefighters, rescue squads, EMS, national & state park service, and law enforcement agencies. This course meets & exceeds NFPA 1006 and NIMS professional qualification standards for technical rescue. This five-day course consists of day and night rescue situations rescuers may encounter involving low and high angle environments. Skill sets acquired through the completion of this course will complement swiftwater rescue, confined space rescue, low and high angle rescue operations and law enforcement and military special operation needs. Some previous rope rescue training is preferred but not required.

Class Info

The TRR-TL course is a physically challenging class. Students with extensive health concerns or high phobias are discouraged from attending this course.

The classroom & practical portions of the course will be held at the Mountain Retreat & Learning Center in Highlands, NC on NC Hwy. 106 (See directions below) The initial class session addresses the fundamentals of rope rescue, new technology, and specialized techniques in rope rescue. Remaining class time involves conducting hands’on scenario-based training where students apply their newly acquired skill sets into a realistic applications involving intensive low and high angle rescue skills.
This program, developed by Rescue 3 International Inc., is considered to be the premier source for rope and swiftwater rescue training.

This course is an objective driven course, class times will be will promptly adhered and will dismiss when all objectives for each training date have been completed.

This course complies with NFPA 1006 and 1670 Standard for Technical Rescue , Students must perform all required skills within the course to receive Technician Level certification, students unable to perform these skills will be given the opition to downgrade towards the Ropes; Operations level certification or make up the skill in another course. within this course. 

Topics include:

  • Rope, Harness, Hardware, & Software Characteristics
  • Harness Suspension Pathology
  • Simple & Compound Mechanical Advantages
  • Simple & Multi-point Anchoring Systems
  • Primitive Rigging and Anchoring Systems (Pickett & Timer Rigging)
  • Patient Pakaging & Litter Management
  • Vertical and Horizontal Lowers & Raising Systems
  • Advanced Rigging Techniques & Equipment (MPD, Petzel ID, Rock Exotica Aztec Kit…)
  • Stranded Climber Pick-off’s
  • Passing a knot in a Lowering System
  • Improvised Harnesses
  • Belay Systems
  • Ascending & Descending Fixed Rope Systems
  • Highline Rigging Systems

Class Pre-Requisites

Students should have completed and certified as:

  • NFPA 1006 Rope Rescue Operations training  or NC Technical Rescue General Rope Rescue or equivalent.

The Schedule

Day #1:  0800-1800 hrs.

Day #2:   0800-2300 hrs.

Day #3    0800-2300 hrs.

Day #4    0800-1800 hrs.

Day #5    0800-1800 hrs

Training locations may vary so students will need to provide their own transportation.

Equipment Needs:

Students will need to provide the following protective equipment:

  • An approved NFPA Class II or Class III Rescue Harness
  • Jumpsuit/ Flightsuit/ BDU’s or other garment to protect arms and legs
  • Leather palmed gloves for rope work  (No Fire Gloves of Extrication gloves!!)
  • Rain Suit or Gore-Tex Coat
  • Clothing suitable for the diverse mountainous climate
  • Rugged boots suitable for hiking or climbing ropes (ankle protection)
  • Camera
  • 25’-30’ length of ½” Static Kernmantle Rope for Safety Lines or 1” tubular webbing.
  • 4 Steel or aluminum Carabiners (20kn rating minimum)
  • Hat or ballcap
  • Headlamp
  • Snacks, hydration system or water bottle during class
  • Synthetic Undergarment Thermal Protection (Polypropylene)
  • Eye Protection
  • A rock climbing or water rescue vented helmet

Lodging & Meals:

**Lodging and meals for the course will be hosted by the Mountain Retreat & Learning Centers, Inc. in Highlands, North Carolina. All students and participants will be required to stay at the retreat unless special circumstances will need to be deviated.**

The retreat is located along the NC, SC, and GA state lines and offers a spectacular view of all three states from a 5000’ elevation. Situated high atop the Southern Appalachian Mountains and surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest, this location allows extensive access to area waterfalls, state parks, and hiking areas where potential rescue events may occur.

Retreat Lodging Rates:

Approximately $400 Per person


  • 5 nights of overnight bunkhouse lodging including linens.
  • All meals including the last day (Breakfast, lunch, & Supper)

Bring an extra towel just in case.


Lodging Location & Training Site


Mountain Retreat and Learning Center 

3872 Dillard Road (Highway 106),

Highlands, NC 28741,


The MRLC is 4-miles southwest of downtown Highlands, NC and 10 miles east of Dillard, GA on GA Highway 246/NC Highway 106. GPS is not always reliable.

Driving Directions:

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Please follow the directions below.

From Asheville/Knoxville: Take I-40 West from Asheville (1½ – 2 hrs.) or East from Knoxville (3 hrs.) to Exit 27 at Clyde, NC. Follow the signs for US 23/441 South towards Dillard, GA.
You will turn left at the Dillard stoplight (HWY 106) then go 10 miles to The Mountain.

From Atlanta: Take I-85 North to I-985 North which later becomes US 23/GA 365 and becomes 23/441. Follow 23/441 North to Dillard. (2½ – 3 hrs. depending on traffic).  Turn right at the light on GA 246, which will become NC 106 at the NC State line.  From the light in Dillard to The Mountain 1s 10 miles.  

From Chattanooga: Take US 64 East to Franklin, NC. Turn onto 23/441 South to Dillard. Turn left at Dillard stoplight at GA 246.  The Mountain is in 10 miles. (Approximately 3 hrs.)

From Charlotte/Greenville: Take I-85 South. Just before the GA line, take Exit 1, Rt. 11 North to US 76 West to Clayton, GA. Turn right on 23/441 North and proceed to Dillard. Turn right at Dillard stoplight onto GA 246, which will become NC 106 at NC State line.  The Mountain is 10 miles from the turn at Dillard.
(Approximately 2 hrs. from Greenville)
The Mountain is 2 hours driving time from the Asheville airport and 2.5 hours from the Atlanta airport.  Rental cars are the easiest/most cost effective way to travel from the airport. If you have a large group and would like to inquire about a shuttle service.

Lodging Registration Instructions:

The MRLC has implemented a new Online Reservation system that each student or group must complete in order to secure a room on the premises and meals during the class.      
The price for lodging for 5 nights and meals is $400 per student.

Please visit the following link to reserve your lodging and meals:

If this link does not work, go to the MRLC website directly and click on the online reservation button.

Mountain Retreat & Learning Center Home Page

IMPORTANT!! During the registration you will see Rescue NC Technical Rope Rescue as the group name. Choose the “Bunkhouse” option if you are staying on site. This price includes all of your meals, as well. You will need to bring linens or sleeping bag with you if you do not choose the linens option.

The bunkhouses have bunk beds and a private bedroom with two twin beds. There is one bathroom per bunkhouse.



Your registration also includes your meals and snacks throughout the class. During your registration, you must complete the meal section to identify any specific meal or nutrition needs you may have.


Payment in full is required at the time of registration. The Mountain will assign guests a roommate if one is not requested. You may request a single room if available for an extra cost. 


Retreat Information:

Guests at The Mountain are housed in cabins with a private bath and large, airy windows and are in a bunk bed style arrangement. There is no A/C in bunkhouses but does have floor heaters. Cabins have a variety of configurations – and feature rocking chair porches with spectacular views of Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina all from your porch! Linens, blankets, pillows and towels are provided. Each living space is heated and includes a bathroom.

There are no phones or TVs in living accommodations by design, but phones are available on our campus and incoming messages are delivered to guests by Mountain staff. There is wireless internet access available in public areas throughout the retreat.