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Double CLUTCH | Using the CLUTCH In a Twin Tension Rope System (TTRS)

I always appreciate great video.  Video (to me) is either aesthetic or technical and trying to bridge both is tough. This video from CMC is clearly technical, but I really appreciate the angles of perspective. So often the “clarifying message” of “the how” can get completely lost if the angles are not right. The CMC …

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A Little Known Tool That Is Making Huge Headway… The Inside 9 Mechanical Advantage System

Over the last year or so I have been trying to up my rigging game with the main focus being “rigging light, rigging quick, rigging solid and rigging efficient”.  I will be the first to admit that all for all of this to happen at the same time it is a special day. I will …

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Basic Litter Handling: Class 1-2 Litter Handling and Terrain Assessment

A Shout-Out to Peak Rescue Institute for their amazing commitment to Excellence and Service. To be effective, rescue personnel must be able to move over steep and difficult terrain with confidence and without incurring unacceptable risk. Use the best available hand and footholds. Search for holds deliberately and thoughtfully. Generally, footholds are preferable to handholds; …

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Basic Litter Handling: Class 3 Litter Handling

A Shout-Out to Peak Rescue Institute for their amazing commitment to Excellence and Service. Class 3 Litter Operations would be considered by most a low angle litter operation.  Not necessarily “technical”, but terrain considerations and footing could change a “standard” operation to something a bit more meaty. It isn’t just backcountry or rural SAR teams …

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5 Rules to Help Determine Simple & Compound Mechanical Advantage Systems

From Rigging Lab Academy Course Mechanical Advantage Theory There are three categories of mechanical advantages using pulleys: Simple, Compound, and Complex. Simple MA: A Simple MA consists of a pulley system that has a single haul connection between the load and the haul team. Compound MA: A Compound MA is a simple mechanical advantage system pulling on the haul line …

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Highline Anchors Featuring Removable Bolts

This piece is from the RLA course Highline Sections with Tom Woods What we’re going to look at next is the actual anchoring system for the Highline that we’ve just done. It’s a little bit unique setup in that we’ve done all of our anchoring for everything off of removable bolts. Given the area where …

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Mirrored Skate Block System Overview

Skate blocks are about the most amazing and versatile system known to rigging. Why? Low overhead. Low risk. High functionality. Super bomber! The question that most people have is, “Is it complicated?” No… Not at all. You can’t over tension this system. Take a look.   Transcription from Conversations in Rigging Hi, I’m Richard Delaney …

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Trackline and steep angle litter raise gin-pole as bottom AHD

A-Frame and Gin Pole Trackline with Steep Angle Litter Raise: An Overview of a Dual AHD and Steep Angle Litter Work

Vision, training and rehearsing are purposeful events.  Rarely can someone envision future events without understanding the past as there is no understanding or interpretation without history.  Training involves coaching, education, drills, guidance, discipline and a host of other “things”… in short, “training” can be disastrous if done inappropriately. Rehearsing however is something different.  Rehearsing involves …

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The Cost of Doing Business with a Dynamic Directional Between Gin-pole and A-Frame

The cost of rope rescue rigging and training, much less a rescue, has some inherent expenditures.  There is the direct cost of the gear, which to some might seem like a lot, but in reality it pales in comparison to the costs of personnel and training.  These can easily be broken down into professionals who …

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