Horizontal Rigging

Two Rope System Cross Pollination: A Tale of Two Industries

Almost all rope rescue systems used could be considered a “two rope system”.  Traditional mainline / slack belay systems and twin tension rope systems (TTRS) both use two (2) ropes.  However, the similarities stop there.  I won’t get into the biopsy of the mainline-belay line system because, well… they have been around forever.  The “relatively” …

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A Quick Overview and Essential Checklists of Highline Systems

I want to thank Steve Crandall for his work Rigging Rescue Concepts, from which some of this article is derived from. Grab his book here… Considered by many as advanced operations because highlines deviate in many ways from standard rope rescue rigging practices, building and using highlines requires a clear understanding of sound rigging principles …

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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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New Technician Courses Just Released for Rigging Lab Academy

Hey all We just completed another 4 high level training courses within the Technician Level Cornerstone course curriculum. Force Multipliers Elevated Anchor Systems Horizontal Systems Midwall Pickoffs Midwall Pickoffs Midwall rescues can run the full gamut of rescue complexities. It can include almost everything from one or two people coming to the rescue of a …

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Staggering Your Rigging Anchors Increases Efficiency But At What Cost?

Staggering rigging anchors is a perfect way to spread the mechanical advantage system over a broad area, while at the same time, using the area very efficiently.  The goal is to get as much “throw” as possible and to limit resets.   There are numerous ways to do this and these are only two of the …

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Think Smart and Powerful… Employ Multi Use Devices

Thinking smart is power.  Power is the ability to get things done with an element of Authority.  Authority carries with it a mantle of Responsibility.  Responsibility carries with it the need for planning and expected outcomes. The following is quick mini look at developing a mindset of “multiplicity”.  Manpower is expensive.  Equipment is relatively cheap …

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The Gin Pole and Monopod Are Here to Stay

I am going to guess, that while most rescue professionals (paid and unpaid) know “what” a gin pole or monopod is, few understand “why” and “how”.  The use of elevated anchors, i.e. high directional anchor systems, is a mandatory requirement of NFPA 1670 for rope technicians. Having said this, it is impossible to discuss one …

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Why are Rescue and Rigging Anchors More Important than Anything Else?

In our heads, we know that anchors are the most important part of any rigging or rescue system.  We know that because it has been drilled into our skulls, but I would venture to say that the reasons for this is inescapably unclear for many.   My goal here is to simply bring about a …

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Rigging For Effect – Get Your Ropes Off the Ground Using A “Rigging Workstation”

Rigging For Effect – Get Your Ropes Off the Ground Using A Rigging Workstation. Construction of a Rigging Workstation Focused locations for a multiple systems Better body position when operating systems Improves the angle of ropes when using a high directional If you’re technical rope rescue experience has been anything like mine, there has been …

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