HORT416 – Advanced Climbing

Module code
Module title
Advanced Climbing
The aim of this module is to develop student's skill and competency in advanced climbing techniques and rescue operations.
  • SX1803
NZQA Level
Level 4
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Tie, dress and use knots and friction hitches in tree climbing.
Install, use and compare false crotches.
Use 'Foot Lock' method to ascend and descend safely to the ground using a foot lock line.
Undertake an aerial recue in an arboriculture situation where the victim is on a foot lock line.
Evaluate and use single rope techniques to ascend a tree.
Install and use a retrievable redirect efficiently.
Undertake an aerial rescue in an arboriculture situation using the 'Counter-weight' method.
oKnots; double fisherman's knot, Schwabisch, Distel, klemheist, Valdotain, alpine butterfly
oKnots tied, dressed, used in accordance with workplace procedures
oFalse crotches; double ringed cambium savers, rope guide, pulley carabiner
oFalse crotches installed and used in accordance with workplace procedures
oAdvantages and disadvantages of friction systems
oFoot lock methods, codes of practice, work place procedures
oWorksite safety and risk mitigation
oHealth and Safety
oTree access requirements
oAerial rescue, for a foot lock line, assess line, victim secured, codes of practice, workplace procedures
oSingle rope techniques; ascenders, kroll, pantene, petzl stop, handle ascenders, figure eight
oRope loading problems, advantages of single rope technique and techniques used safely in accordance with workplace procedures.
oRedirect systems; configuration, demonstrated, anchor points, branch/stem strength, compatibility of materials
oAppropriate redirect systems positions installed and used to retrieve in safe manner according to workplace procedures.
oCounter weight aerial rescue, established, victim manipulated through tree, descend safely according to codes of practice and workplace procedures.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Teaching and learning methods will be face to face delivery including; workshops, project based interactive tasks, with group sessions, tutorials, on-line learning, work integration, and independent research for the creation of portfolios of evidence of learning.
Assessment Criteria
Assessment in this module is mixed mode. Students must gain a minimum mark of 50 in the achievement-based assessments and meet all the requirements of the competency-based assessments including carrying out all tasks in a safe manner and to industry standard to be eligible for a final grade for this module. The final grade will be based on the marks from the achievement-based assessment tasks.