Successful 15th edition of mountain training course on safety matters and rescue techniques

A ccording to Ronnie Díaz, general coordinator of the Association of Guides Specialized in High Mountains in Ancash (AGOEMA), the fifteenth version of the rescue course concerning ascending, safety and rescue techniques, was a success. This special course was held from the 27th the the 30th of April near Huaraz and counted with participation of official guides from Cusco, Amazonas, Trujillo and Arequipa, but also international participants from Ecuador, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Poland and the Netherlands. Additionally, there was the involvement of members of the High Mountain Rescue Police who enjoyed the course that took place at Nevado Vallunaraju.

Instructors belonging to the AGOEMA and AGOMP (Official Peruvian Mountain Guides Association) directed four arduous days full of practical and technical preparation to control professional paramedics in high areas. The course also included the development of first aid issues in the mountain, the evacuation of wounded, auto-rescue procedures, progression techniques on edges and glaciers, techniques of relay on walls etc., which served to strengthen the technical capacities of the associates and participants invited to the course.

The course has been taking place since 2002, and was initially created by members of the AGOEMA. It´s endorsed by the Regional Directorate of Foreign Trade and Tourism (DIRCETUR) and the Ministry of Education. The course aims enhancing the knowledge of fellow tourism guides and in that way can reach the technical professional parameters to work in the mountains as guides, being able to respond to the demands of market demand in high mountains in the Ancash region.

At the end of the course, participants received an official certificate issued by the competent bodies of tourism and education. Ronnie Díaz stated to The Huaraz Telegraph to hope that the project will continue in 2018 and that there will be more tourist guides from all over the country interested in training on the subject of mountaineering.

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