Personal Competencies

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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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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RLA Live: Volcano Rescue Team

I just got back from RLA’s first ever Live On-site training in Mt. St. Helens National Monument with the Volcano Rescue Team. It was awesome, I loved connecting with these amazing people.  They ranged from full time EMS professionals, self employed designers, engineers, freelancers, mechanics, guides and a host of other passions and occupations. Jason …

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How to Basic Ascent with the Petzl Ascension in a RAD System

The Petzl Ascension was designed for ascending and occasionally for hauling (progress capture). Its wide, ergonomic molded handle allows for a comfortable yet powerful grip. The toothed cam with self-cleaning slot is almost perfect under any conditions (e.g. frozen or dirty ropes). The lower and upper holes are designed for the Progress Lanyard and the …

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PPE Inspection – Carabiners

This week on Tech Pick of the Week we focus on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) specifically carabiners. It is always good practice to inspect your gear on the regular. Our tech expert Luke Bryan breaks down a few key elements to look into while inspecting your carabiner cache. Before beginning inspection on your carabiner make …

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Critical Thinking… The Best Method to “CYA” in Rescue

Critical Thinking is the Best Method to “CYA” in Rescue Anybody who has been involved with rope rescue for any length of time has certainly heard something to the effect of, “We can’t do __ because NFPA says so”. Or perhaps in reference to using a particular piece of equipment a certain way, “The user …

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Culture vs New Opportunity… Locks and Keys Must Always Match

Alright!  Here we are again to talk about something “sort of out there?…  You love this right?  Culture vs New Opportunity.  We’ve been discussing “creating a mass movement”.  Everything we talk about here is solid for team building, systems, operations and politics.  So lets break this down a bit. First what is a New Opportunity …

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