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On the Rocks in Royalton

  • Public safety instructor Tom Harty demonstrates the safety of his rappelling equipment while being belayed by a Randolph Technical Career Center student in South Royalton, Vt., Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Harty simulated falling and was held in place by tension on the rope. He brought the class to the ledge to practice rappelling and work on their rope rescue techniques.<br/>(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

    Public safety instructor Tom Harty demonstrates the safety of his rappelling equipment while being belayed by a Randolph Technical Career Center student in South Royalton, Vt., Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Harty simulated falling and was held in place by tension on the rope. He brought the class to the ledge to practice rappelling and work on their rope rescue techniques.
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  • Randolph Technical Career Center students Hunter Paradis, 16, of Bethel, left, and Sascha Jarvis, 18, of Randolph, middle, monitor Cody Snelling as he begins his descent of a rock wall in Royalton Wednesday, January 15, 2014. The public safety students spent the day practicing rappelling and rope rescue techniques.<br/>(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

    Randolph Technical Career Center students Hunter Paradis, 16, of Bethel, left, and Sascha Jarvis, 18, of Randolph, middle, monitor Cody Snelling as he begins his descent of a rock wall in Royalton Wednesday, January 15, 2014. The public safety students spent the day practicing rappelling and rope rescue techniques.
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  • Public safety instructor Tom Harty demonstrates the safety of his rappelling equipment while being belayed by a Randolph Technical Career Center student in South Royalton, Vt., Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Harty simulated falling and was held in place by tension on the rope. He brought the class to the ledge to practice rappelling and work on their rope rescue techniques.<br/>(Valley News - James M. Patterson)
  • Randolph Technical Career Center students Hunter Paradis, 16, of Bethel, left, and Sascha Jarvis, 18, of Randolph, middle, monitor Cody Snelling as he begins his descent of a rock wall in Royalton Wednesday, January 15, 2014. The public safety students spent the day practicing rappelling and rope rescue techniques.<br/>(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Public safety instructor Tom Harty, on the rock ledge above, demonstrates the safety of his rappelling equipment while being belayed by a Randolph Technical Career Center student in South Royalton on Wednesday. Harty simulated falling and was held in place by tension on the rope. He brought the class to the ledge to practice rappelling and work on their rope rescue techniques. At right, Randolph Technical Career Center students Hunter Paradis, 16, of Bethel, left, and Sascha Jarvis, 18, of Randolph, watch Cody Snelling as he begins his descent from a rock ledge.

Valley News — James M. Patterson