Pulleys & Mechanical Advantage

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 …

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5 Rules to Help Determine Simple & Compound Mechanical Advantage Systems

From Rigging Lab Academy Course Mechanical Advantage Theory There are three categories of mechanical advantages using pulleys: Simple, Compound, and Complex. Simple MA: A Simple MA consists of a pulley system that has a single haul connection between the load and the haul team. Compound MA: A Compound MA is a simple mechanical advantage system pulling on the haul line …

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Technical Rescue: The Importance of 15:1

(This article was originally run in Firehouse October 1, 2019) Russell McCullar clarifies whether 15:1 is still relevant and says that fire departments should select gear and load limits that meet their needs. All Photos by Russell McCullar Not long ago, I was explaining to one of my students that our training agency was undergoing …

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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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The Petzl Jag System Has Become A Go To Tool For At Height Workers and Rescuers

As Torrey and I travel around the country filming and managing a very large amount of footage, it has become very apparent to me that one product has become, what I would call… an “emerging product”.  While in days past, the AZTEK was (and still is to some degree) the work horse for rigging systems… …

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A Quick Pulley Comparison… They All Rock!

Hey all, I wanted to give a quick run down of some niche comparisons.  Most pulley manufactures today make amazing gear.  When I say most, I mean those within the centric conformity of  standards, safety and accountability.  We’ll be looking at CMC, Rock Exotica, and Petzl … and then, only a niched down subset of …

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For Two Tension Dual Capacity Rope Systems Savvy Technicians: The Efficiency Schematic

So lately, I have been going through a type of transformation of sorts.  I will be honest… not all of the process has been fun and pushing through bias demons can be difficult, but with friends like Craig McClure, Jason Ilowite and Rich Delaney… the sojourn has been rewarding.  Bear in mind that a sojourn …

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The Gear Used In the 5 Day Advance Workshop… Here Is The Narrative!

Can we  have an Ultimate Gear List for anything?   Of course not and we all know that.. For the skiers out there this is like the mythical “one ski quiver”… that one ski that floats in powder, crushes crud, carves trenches on the corduroy, and holds Killington blue ice like a 2×4 with chisel edges. …

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Two Tension System-Vertical and Horizontal Evacuation Part 1: In-Line 9 Using A Petzl Jag System Is An Easy Solution!

The other day I walked into the studio (Neverland) armed with one goal for the morning… build a system that is Functionality Efficient in Gear Efficient in People Efficient in Physics AHD Based Small Team Based One Person Load Very Reproducible Raise Only Based (but with a margin of error that allows for downward adjustments… …

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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 have some interludes that hasn’t always faired well for either side. A while back, some well needed direction was given to the fire service in the form of recommendations …

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