Personal Competencies

What exactly is a Journey?

Excerpt from The Cornerstone: Knowledge & Perception What exactly is a Journey?   The Latin adjective “diurnus” means “pertaining to a day or daily”; English diurnal stems ultimately from this word. When Latin developed into French, “diurnus” became a noun, jour, meaning “day,” the medieval French derivative Journee meant either “day” or “something done during …

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Technical Rigging – Anchors Part 1

Technical Articles | Anchors Part 1 This will be the first of a two-part series on anchors. This section, purposely, will not include situations that necessitate vehicles, pickets or other such portable anchors. Nor is the series meant to be an exhaustive source of information… there are numerous books on this subject. If you have …

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Double CLUTCH | Using the CLUTCH In a Twin Tension Rope System (TTRS)

I always appreciate great video.  Video (to me) is either aesthetic or technical and trying to bridge both is tough. This video from CMC is clearly technical, but I really appreciate the angles of perspective. So often the “clarifying message” of “the how” can get completely lost if the angles are not right. The CMC …

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Staggered Anchors: Progression from 3:1 to 9:1 Simple Mechanical Advantage

  Excerpt from Knots & Pulleys in Rope Rigging Systems Vol. 1 Segment 7 Let’s continue with our discussion on pulley systems. We can look at what we have right here. You can see the Vortex and we have a sandbag as a weight right now. What we have here in the way of a …

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5 Reasons Why Online Learning is More Effective

Online learning can be the most measurable way to increase understanding and perception of today’s learning methods.  Students working around their existing responsibilities and commitments and they don’t have to travel anywhere to study.  They can log in to the virtual campus from the comfort of their own home or office and off they go. …

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No Implementation Means Flushing Your Strategy and Tactics Down The Drain

The following information is tilted towards building a solid rope rescue and rigging team, but I would be remiss to say that it applies to thousands of other “purposes”, but also to the inanimacy of a “rigging system” as a whole or in part. By viewing your rigging systems as an organic makeup of living …

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Parallel Hauls, Doubled Mechanical Advantage or Not?

Today at Rigging Lab Academy, we’re going to bust this myth that parallel mechanical advantage systems somehow add together and double mechanical advantage. There are arguments out there that two 3:1s side by side pulled on the same load are a 6:1, or two 5:1s are a 10:1. It’s not true, and we’re going to …

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Carabiner Shaming: Losing The Gold

I’ll admit it.  I’m guilty. I’ve done it.  Nope, I’m not talking about stepping on the rope, using dropped carabiners, or mistakenly peeing on my belay loop… c’mon winter layers can be a challenge!  Nope, I’m talking about what I’ll call “carabiner shaming.” Like many, I used to pick apart photos on the interwebs to …

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