Mike recently completed a 5-day rope access course in Bend, Oregon. Rope access refers to a set of techniques where ropes and specialized hardware are used as the primary means of providing access to GRI engineering geologists for geologic mapping. His 5-day course prepared him for successful completion of a written exam and field evaluation for Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) Level I certification. GRI’s rope access technicians descend, ascend, and traverse ropes to access shear rock faces and work while suspended by a harness. Mike now has the training and certification to safely and effectively access hard-to-reach geological features for close examination.