Arizona Vortex

Planning Your Future With Excellence In Rigging

“IF THERE’S A LOT OF GOOD PLANNING AHEAD OF TIME, YOU’RE REALLY ABLE TO EMBRACE THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE, AS OPPOSED TO HAVING A LOT OF QUESTIONS AND NOT KNOWING WHAT YOU’RE DOING.” Jimmy Chin I would like to  impart several lessons about managing a practice rigging exercise (session) that are applicable to all riggers.  By …

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The Less Than 10 Percent Solution Just Got Easier: Highlines

Time for transparency here.  Highlines versus Offsets.  Which is one of these accomplishes the goal of moving the person or load from one side to the other in the most effective and efficient manner? Well, at this point I wasn’t thinking about either one… I really didn’t care. I hadn’t ever set up a true …

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The Basics Of How The Arizona Vortex Works: Part 2

A few year ago, we had a very cool time and space with CMC Rescue (now simply… CMC).  This project was a dream world of live training, film production and in-use product defining.  Here is snapshot of what transpired. Mitigating “edge trauma”, as many call it… is likely the most arduous job of any rigger …

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The Basics Of How The Arizona Vortex Works: Part 1

Okay, so we’re just going to talk about the background on why we use the Vortex, so for this demonstration, we’ve taken the rope out of the pulley, the head of the Vortex. In this configuration, assuming that the Vortex is actually not even here, you can see that John is tied into the red …

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Litter Hauling Techniques Using Dual Capacity or Twin Tension Rope Systems Part 2

So in this installment of Litter Hauling Techniques Using Dual Capacity or Twin Tension Rope Systems Part 2, I would like to jump into anchor and anchor systems used in a few of the systems we set up here this week.  Neverland has three upper platforms or stages (as we call them) and the lower Ground …

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Industrial Skate Block Trackline System Upper Section (Part 1)

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 …

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Elements of Rigging – Bombproof Anchors – Anchor Considerations in Rope Rigging Systems

Well we’re talking about anchors. Let’s talk a little bit about the term bombproof. What is a bombproof anchor? Those of you in the profession of rescue work, and sometimes in the industry we refer to what’s a bombproof anchor? Well, it’s something that’s really strong that can pretty much hold everything. And looking at …

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Planning Your Artificial High Directional: What to Use and When

If you’ve been following Rigging Lab Academy at all for the last year or so, it is clear there has been a large emphasis placed on the Artificial High Directional. There are so many reasons why this is, and if you haven’t quite been brought up to speed yet, check out some previous blogs and …

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Weekend at the Volcano: A Custom Course Focusing on High Angle Rigging Techniques

This past weekend, Rigging Lab Academy was privileged to spend some time in the beautiful Washington State country with the Volcano Rescue Team; an MRA team responsible for rescues on Mt. Saint Helens. A few months ago the team reached out to RLA inquiring about our ability to deliver a three day course that was …

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RLA Live: Volcano Rescue Team

I just got back from RLA’s first ever Live On-site training in Mt. St. Helens National Monument with the Volcano Rescue Team. It was awesome, I loved connecting with these amazing people.  They ranged from full time EMS professionals, self employed designers, engineers, freelancers, mechanics, guides and a host of other passions and occupations. Jason …

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