Mainline Systems and Operations

Optimizing Rescue Operations: The Gin Pole/Monopod AHD and Skate Block System

In the specialized field of technical rescue, the use of a trackline skate block system stands out for its efficiency and simplicity, particularly when navigating challenging terrains such as steep cliffs. Our innovative approach incorporates a monopod/gin pole as the Artificial High Directional (AHD), strategically positioned at the cliff’s apex to maximize height and distance …

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Revolutionizing Rope Rigging: Introducing the SQUID System for Enhanced Safety and Efficiency

Welcome to the cutting-edge of rope rigging technology! In this post, we’re diving into the groundbreaking SQUID system, a game-changer for anyone involved in twin tension rope systems (TTRS). Whether you’re a seasoned professional or new to the field, understanding the innovative features and benefits of SQUID will redefine your approach to rigging, offering unparalleled …

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Building Highline in Popular Climbing Areas: What Fire Services and Search and Rescue Teams Need to Know

Climbing is a great recreational activity for outdoor enthusiasts. However, accidents and emergencies can happen, especially in popular climbing areas where crowds are high. As emergency responders, fire services, and search and rescue teams should not only have the skills and equipment to rescue climbers when accidents occur. Still, they also need to have a …

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Unlocking Efficiency and Safety: The CAPTO and CLUTCH Mechanical Advantage System

Welcome to a new era in rope access and rescue operations, where innovation meets simplicity. In the world of technical rope work, the challenges of complexity, safety concerns, and limited versatility have met their match. Introducing CAPTO and CLUTCH – a dynamic duo designed to transform the way technicians approach their work. The following is …

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Mastering the Art of Mainline Rescue and Rigging: A Comprehensive Guide

Mainline rescue and rigging systems encompass a comprehensive set of principles and techniques crucial for safely and effectively performing various forms of rescue and rigging operations. These systems are essential in scenarios like technical rescue, wilderness rescue, and industrial rigging, where precision and safety are paramount. Below is a synoptic overview of the key aspects …

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Mastering Rigging Fundamentals: Forces, Mechanical Advantage, and Moving Systems

Rigging plays a pivotal role in the world of rescue operations, where the ability to analyze and manage forces effectively can make the difference between a successful mission and a potential disaster. In this blog, we will delve into three fundamental aspects of rigging: understanding the forces at play, harnessing mechanical advantage with pulley systems, …

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Floating Along Is A Nice Way To Go – – The Guiding Line

A guidance system merges a descent mechanism with a tensioned rope to aid in safely lowering a stretcher, whilst ensuring it is kept at a safe distance from the surface. This technique becomes particularly useful in challenging environments, such as the rocky terrains commonly found at the base of cliffs, which make transportation to level …

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A climber falling 60′ while checking the route at the edge before roping up – In Critical Condition

This illustration features a climbing outing gone awry with a climber falling 60′ while checking the route at the edge before roping up. The Rescue Response Team responds employing a high angle raise with the Arizona Vortex side A-frame in tandem with a backboard immobilization lifting harness and litter to bring the fallen climber back …

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A FRAME | QUAD BUNDLE HIGHLINE | Horizontal Rigging

Let’s look at the floating A-frame of our quad system right now. The floating A-frame is being guyed forward and backwards with the prusiks directly connected to the track line system. Okay. So this is our guying system front and back. This is pretty clean right here the way the guys put this together… a …

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A Frame | TWIN BUNDLE HIGHLINE | Horizontal Rigging

We’ve moved over to the floating A-frame, very much like the floating A-frame that we used for the single track line, but as we said, we’ve added the second track line here. It’s very important that these two track lines be tensioned the same. We would never mix products, for instance. We would never have …

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