Industrial Skate Block Trackline System Upper Section (Part 1)

Written By: Richard Delaney

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Hi, I’m Richard Delaney from Rope Lab in the Blue Mountains of Australia, and I’m working today with the Rigging Lab Academy. Today we’re working at Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon.

We are working with the same type skate blocks that we’ve been looking at in previous sessions, but this time we’re working in an industrial context.

Because we’ve got so many features with this industrial structure, rather than having a mirrored skate block, I’ve gone with a tension track line with a single skate block, because it is like threading a needle when getting the load up through the aperture, which is opened just outside this gin pole.

In consideration with the anchoring, we’ve used a V-anchor. I’ve tried to be very efficient with the rope used in this anchor. I started with one end at the far point, come up to my anchor focal point, back to another anchor point, and then bought that strand forward… all using the same rope. I now have enough free rope to use for the tension track line. This tension in the track line, as we’ll see when we’re downstairs,  can be adjusted mid operation with a CMC MPD.

The skate block that I’ve got set up will be used for raising loads rather than lowering them, so I’ll be using a Skyhook winch to do that work for me.

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