Horizontal Rigging

Building Anchors with Spring Loaded Cams- Pull Test Using Metolius Camming Units

Building Anchors with Spring Loaded Cams Pull Test Using Metolius Camming Units So we did some back yard testing and while what we found wasn’t particularly astonishing, it was never the less, very interesting. We purposely used some marginal placements with our Metolius camming units.  Some more marginal than others.  We found a range from …

Building Anchors with Spring Loaded Cams- Pull Test Using Metolius Camming Units Read More »

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 …

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

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” …

Two Rope System Cross Pollination: A Tale of Two Industries Read More »

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 …

A Quick Overview and Essential Checklists of Highline Systems Read More »

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 …

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

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 …

New Technician Courses Just Released for Rigging Lab Academy Read More »

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 …

Staggering Your Rigging Anchors Increases Efficiency But At What Cost? Read More »

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 …

Think Smart and Powerful… Employ Multi Use Devices Read More »

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 …

The Gin Pole and Monopod Are Here to Stay Read More »

>