Personal Competencies

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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Something Is Brewing From the West: How It All Started

“Something is brewing from the west”… sounds like a tale from Lord of the Rings.  Well, that isn’t to far from the truth.  As I woke up this morning… hot coffee with my Laird Superfood in hand, my mood was somewhat whimsical.  I have large window to my left… open space, trees blowing… ice everywhere!  …

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Passing Knots Introduction: A Rope Rescue and Rigging Primer You Must Know – Raise And Lower (Part 2)

Hopefully you’ve already seen part one of this series Passing Knots Introduction: A Rope Rescue and Rigging Primer You Must Know – Using The MPD (Part 1) where we showed how to pass a knot through a CMC MPD on both raise and lower.  Now we’ll show knot passes through a Scarab (lower) and pulley and prusik …

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The Creative Mystique: Heroes Are Made When The Function Of Rescue Meets The Higher Expectations Of Designed Rigging

I have heard it said that “a lesson in creativity is like taking a calligraphy class; you never know when something you learn might end up being useful in a place you’d never expect” and for longest time, I didn’t understand what they meant.  Until I looked into calligraphy.  I mean really… who in the …

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Seeing The Obvious Before It’s Obvious: Developing A Critical Mind In Rigging For Rope Rescue In 7 Easy Steps

Everyone has seen crazy heroics in movies right?  Yet, most (strangely enough) don’t ask ” how is that actually done”?  We know that often, movies use CG to do a lot of the work right?  Well, not all of it. Much of the work done with movies like 127 Hours, or Vertical Limit, K2, Eiger …

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Edge Safety in Search and Rescue: Travel Restraint

Travel Restraint System in Search and Rescue So, we’ve talked about the three different systems we’re going to use. Right now we’re going to go into some detail on travel restraint. And travel restraint is just that. It is designed to restrain you from traveling to the point where you could fall. It can be …

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90+10 Does Not Equal a 100% Solution: Treat It All as an Adventure

Hey all, as I have been going through our plans for the coming 5 months (the rest of 2018), I noticed there have been “windows of thought” where the layout of courses, technical content, equipment reviews and generally the flow of information (from the field) could use some improving and this got me thinking about …

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