Minimalist Mountain and Climber Rescue

Anchoring: Focus Floating Guying Concepts

Obviously anchoring as a concept is a huge topic.  The variations in any given anchoring course can range wildly depending on the vision, scope, knowledge and imagination a give team or person has.  Here is what a typical anchoring course would look like.  I have rounded them out to 10 topics. Anchor Points Selection and …

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Want To Be A Dirtbag?

I’ve had a lot of bad ideas so I get pretty excited when I have a good one.  The Crackerjack Group recently held a “flyer” of a class we dubbed The Dirtbag Clinic..  and it worked. The idea came about because we had some friends in town for the Mountain Rescue Association Conference and they …

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Litter Hauling Techniques Using Dual Capacity or Twin Tension Rope Systems: A Journey Part 1

What to learning something well?… “Do it yourself “.  Well, this isn’t always the case, but for me (right now) it is.  While not obsessed, I am really curious as to what a true minimally viable raise and lower system looks and feels like.  Remember the 3 types of learning?….. Vision, Auditory and Kinesthetic.  Well, …

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Edge Safety in Search and Rescue: Fall Prevention System

Fall Prevention System in Search and Rescue Globally, falling kills close to 2 million people a year and in the U.S. and over 500 people a year die in occupational related accidents. Fall prevention is about not falling, while on a loaded line in the fall zone. The fall prevention system keeps you from falling, when you are at the edge …

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Edge Safety in Search and Rescue: Work Positioning System

Work Positioning System A work positioning system is a system that enables a person to work supported in a harness in tension in such a way that a fall is prevented. Work positioning systems should be designed and rigged to allow a person to work safely and in reasonable comfort. Maintain two points of attachment to your …

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Edge Safety in Search and Rescue

Hello, I’m Craig with Cracker Jack. We’re here today to talk about edge safety. We’re going to talk about four different systems to accomplish edge safety. Some of their pros, some of their cons, and we’ll go through some of the equipment. The reason we’re doing this, when I first started there was an old …

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You Will Never Look at Small Gear Small Team Rescue the Same Again

I am pretty excited about the future of our community.  Folks are talking more about what is important and designers, builders, techies, manufacturers, and instructors are all listening to each other… for the most part. 🙂 We are surrounded by amazing people. I have long desired to have a playground to build and adventure into things …

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Litter Hauling Techniques: A Little A Goes a Long Way

I wanted to talk a bit about a tool that I know for a fact, not enough people are aware of.   The Jag System from Petzl.  I happened upon this quick tech tip from Petzl and noticed 4 people in the system. Does it or should it really take 4 people to do a raise/lower …

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Drop loop haul on the Petzl I’D for urgent rescue, with Petzl ASAP

In certain cases of extreme urgency requiring a very rapid response, the rescuer can access the victim by descending on one rope. Once the emergency has been addressed, upward evacuation can be secured with two strands of rope.   WARNING: before using this technique, make sure to minimize the risk of rub points or rockfall …

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Lives Undone: Caving Rescue & Confined Spaces, PART 1 CASE FILE N.013 RESCUE RESPONSE TEAM

This is the week of what I consider family and purpose.  While yes… I will fully admit, this entire mock rescue was staged!  News right?  Well, as with all the other Rescue Response Team video series, they are all based on actual rescues.  Systems were altered a bit to reflect more up to date techniques.  …

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