RRG Gear Review

Petzl Maestro – An Amazing Tool For Technical Rescue Operations

PETZL MAESTRO (Small and Large) is a descender designed for technical rescue operations. It facilitates the manipulation of heavy loads, for lowering or hauling, and may be used in both the primary system or in a back-up belay. This versatility allows rescuers to adapt to any situation they may encounter on the rescue scene. The …

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The New Arizona Vortex Guidebook Video Course

The Arizona Vortex Guidebook Video Course On behalf of Rigging Lab Academy, I’m Rob Stringer and I’d like to welcome you to our instructional series on the Arizona Vortex. So the user manual and the video series are set up to enable you to use the Vortex and set it up in basic configurations. Basic …

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CARABINER HOW TO GUIDE: CHOOSING AND USING THE RIGHT CARABINER

Excerpts From Petzl Tech Tips When using equipment to belay or to maneuver, carabiners are a vital link in the safety chain. User safety often relies on a single carabiner. To avoid the risk of breaking or accidentally opening a carabiner, it is important to know how to choose and use them. Petzl designs carabiners …

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Drop loop haul on the PETZL MAESTRO for urgent rescue

In certain cases of extreme urgency requiring a very rapid response, the rescuer can access the victim by descending on one rope. Once the emergency has been addressed, upward evacuation can be done at a “normal” level of safety with two ropes.   Precautions prior to descent: Make sure to minimize the risk of rub …

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Team Rescue Techniques for Hauling and Lowering with Petzl Maestro

All maneuvers must be done on two independent rope systems. These two systems can work in parallel (two haul lines) or separately (work rope and belay rope). 1. Examples of hauling with work rope and belay rope. All hauling and positioning forces are concentrated on the work rope. The belay rope is set up and …

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Pulley system efficiency tests with Petzl’s Maestro, I’d S, Pro Traxion and RollClip

There can be a big difference between the theoretical efficiency of a pulley system and its actual efficiency. Here are test results from the Petzl lab. 1. Efficiency depending on the device used at the head of the system. The force required to raise a 100 kg mass was tested under several configurations with different …

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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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Highline Anchors Featuring Removable Bolts

This piece is from the RLA course Highline Sections with Tom Woods What we’re going to look at next is the actual anchoring system for the Highline that we’ve just done. It’s a little bit unique setup in that we’ve done all of our anchoring for everything off of removable bolts. Given the area where …

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Mirrored Skate Block System Overview

Skate blocks are about the most amazing and versatile system known to rigging. Why? Low overhead. Low risk. High functionality. Super bomber! The question that most people have is, “Is it complicated?” No… Not at all. You can’t over tension this system. Take a look.   Transcription from Conversations in Rigging Hi, I’m Richard Delaney …

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