Marquette, MI – September 10, 2011 – The Northern Michigan University Reserve Officers’ Training Corps conducted their annual Rappel Lab at the Noquemanon Trail Rock on Thursday afternoon.
This exercise was used as an introduction to rappelling or many incoming freshman, a well as a refresher for any returning Cadets. ROTC uses this lab for training in their leadership curriculum. It familiarizes Cadets with this Army skill and helps them build self confidence. Cadets from the freshman level to the senior level participated.
Three different exercises were performed, wall rappelling, warm up rappelling and land navigation training. Each Cadet was wearing thick rappelling gloves, rappelling certified Yates auto double backing harness with simple D locking carabiners clipped intotheir belay loops with a dynamic nylon rope wrapped around them.
Cadets warmed up on a smaller less steep slope before trying the big wall on the Noquemanon Trail. After each Cadet was warmed up and secured they jumped off of the rock wall making their bodies into an “L” shape.
Beautiful weather helped make this an enjoyable three-hour lab for Cadets and spectators. Typically labs are only two-hours long, but because of the amount of training and the extensive activities associated with this particular lab, they extend the required time.
Next week they will be doing more extensive land navigation exercises in small groups. Once winter hits, they are hoping to perform another rappelling lab where they rappel from the top of the dome onto the football field.
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