Safe Practices

Remote control of the PETZL MAESTRO handle with a cord

The Petzl MAESTRO handle has a small hole for attaching a cord (e.g. AIRLINE cord). Buy The Petzl Maestro Warning: any excessive pulling on the handle can cause an uncontrolled release.Verify that no external object could accidentally pull on the cord. WARNING: use only a lightweight cord to operate the handle. In certain situations, a …

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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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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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3 Steps To Building Your Rigging Quiver Part 1

Question: Two or More Vectors Added Together = Applied Force = Resultant I think we all want the best.  We want a stellar life.  But when you get past things like  Marriage?  Kids?  Friends? You might think of cars, houses and jobs… then what?  If we are honest with ourselves, we are struggling with at …

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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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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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Primary Uses of the PETZL RIG

Primary uses of the RIG The RIG is a self-braking belay / rappel device that can be used on either the harness or the anchor. WARNINGS Read the technical notice before viewing the following techniques. It is important to fully understand the information provided in the technical notice before using this complementary information Mastering these …

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Anchors

Anchors: The Underpinning of Everything That Has a System Attached to It

Building an anchor system requires much practice and experience. When dealing with structures, chose anchor points which are part of the inherent structure of the building. This includes columns, beams, anchors for window cleaning equipment, and elevator housings. Avoid corroded metal, weathered stonework, and deteriorated mortar. Avoid using vents, flashing, gutters, and chimneys. When using …

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