vertical connect

On 4 and 5 September vertical connect will be taking place in Meiringen, in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland.

vertical connect is a two-day event, discussing various aspects of work at height from an interdisciplinary point of view. The first day will be focused on work positioning, the second on planning for emergency and rescue techniques. During the mornings, formal, indoor presentations will be delivered, whilst in the afternoons, presentations will be practical and outdoors.

I am very excited by the wide range of speakers we have presenting during this event, ranging from areas such as industrial rope access, alpine rescue, intervention, high angle rescue to helicopter rescue, tree work, all the to legal considerations, health and safety or ergonomic aspects. We have a fantastic, highly competent group of practitioners presenting, so this should make for a very interesting couple of days.

Add to this the location, which is stunning. The training centre of the SBZ that the SBZ is very generously allowing us to use for vertical connect offers a wide range of infrastructure, from indoor spaces, as well as climbing structures to work and run demos on. There is catering on site and on Friday evening there will be party on site. The camp site is about 300m away, parking on-site. There is a choice of hotels in Meiringen. Getting there is easy enough, either drive up or use public transport and catch a train up from Berne main station.

So often we get bogged down, discussing issues that relate to our specific niche that we work and think in. I believe that such a interdisciplinary approach can shake things up by offering a new angle or an insight, enabling a new approach to an issue. Certainly I am convinced that we all stand to gain from casting the net wider and creating networks to people confronted with similar challenges in different environments. Or, come to that, totally different challenges in similar environments.

If you are kicking around at a lose end beginning of September, why not come and join us in Meiningen. Talks will be delivered in German and French, but should the need arise, I am sure we can arrange some impromptu translation.