Basic Highlines | Control Side, A-Frame, Carriage, Gin Pole, Termination Side | Horizontal Rigging

Written By: Lance Piatt


This video is a segment taken from the Horizontal Rigging Course conducted at the Rescue Response Gear Rigging Lab, during this presentation we will take a look at some basic design considerations in the construction of a simple highline system. Although we address the more traditional highline rigging techniques during the actual course; this video presents a few newer trends such as the use of factory stitched shock absorbers, and the use of the Petzl ID on the control line. Sterling Rope is the Official Rope of Rescue Response Gear’s The Rigging Lab. The Lab uses Sterling’s 11mm HTP Static for many of our rigging systems. A multi-use rescue/rappel rope that resists moisture and has high abrasion resistance. 100% polyester static provides significantly lower elongation and is perfect for any haul system. Ideal for high traffic expeditions, mountain rescue, military, industrial rope access, and swift-water rescue uses. Certified to NFPA 1983, 2006 Life Safety Rope – Light use For more detailed discussion on this and other rigging topics please contact the RRG Rigging Lab at


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