Portable Anchors

Confined Space Rescue Split 4:1 Raise

Excerpt Taken From Rigging Lab Academy’s ~ Confined Space Rescue: Technician course Confined Space Rescue Split 4:1 Introduction With the introduction of Petzl Grillons, AZTEKs, and other small mechanical advantage devices, a lot of people don’t use a rig split 4:1 anymore. If you don’t have access to a Grillon or small mechanical advantage systems …

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The Arizona Vortex Guidebook

What is the best way to use The Vortex Guidebook? “Specialized training and experience in technical rigging is absolutely essential for safety use. This manual/guidebook is not a substitute for hands-on training, but it will accelerate it beyond your wildest dreams”. What You’ll Learn Inside this demonstration, we’ll cover topics like… Vortex Set and Hardware …

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CMC Pro CSR2 Pulley System ~ Worth Another Look

The patented locking mechanism in our updated CSR2 Pulley is easy to release under load, creating much greater efficiency with the lowering and raising necessary to a confined space rescue. The machined aluminum swivels at both ends of the system eliminate any potential twisting of the lines. This system is also an excellent choice for …

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The New SMC TerrAdaptor Space Station

The TerrAdaptor™ is a great portable anchor system available for use in rescue, industrial, and wilderness environments. This system is the result of the combined years of experience in the design, engineering, and manufacturing of equipment by Seattle Manufacturing Corporation (SMC).  The TerrAdaptor system has been tested extensively in both lab and field environments. As …

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The New Arizona Vortex Guidebook Video Course

The Arizona Vortex Guidebook Video Course On behalf of Rigging Lab Academy, I’m Rob Stringer and I’d like to welcome you to our instructional series on the Arizona Vortex. So the user manual and the video series are set up to enable you to use the Vortex and set it up in basic configurations. Basic …

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Two Rope Tension System A-Frame Resultant Insight, Part 2

Excerpt from “A Guide to Artificial High Directionals & Two Tension Rope Systems” To review, this simplest way to make sure it’s stable is to visualize your resultants and make sure they’re landing within the footprint of your system. Then provide some guying for stability and the insurance that in the event that someone should …

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Two Rope Twin Tension Mini Offset… Backcountry Meets Fire Service

~This is a quick snippet of something we filmed when we first opened up RLA’s studio lab ~ Two Rope Twin Tension Mini Offset… Backcountry Meets Fire Service   So backcountry meets fire service… sounds like a battle of some sort.  So while this “match up” is really neither epic nor epoch, this contest does …

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Powered Winches and Tripods

Powered Winches and Tripods   We are seeing an interesting collision of techniques: Standard triangular pyramid tripods used for confined space rescue Asymmetrical multi-pods used for technical rope rescue and rope access Powered winches   Confined space operators have long been using symmetrical tripods with frame-mounted manual winches. These are normally set up over a …

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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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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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