Twin Tension Rope System

9 Ways To Quickly Get A Hold of the 3 Types of Mechanical Advantage Systems

Get More Done With Less… and remove the mystery out of “the theory” of Mechanical Advantage Systems. Mechanical Advantage Systems ~ arguably is the “bulwark” of rope rescue… giving strong support, encouragement and leadership to those in need. Wait!  Doesn’t “bulwark” have to do with wall like structures raised for defense? Like a seawall?  Sort …

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The Petzl Reeve: Reeving Highlines

THE PETZL REEVE IS NOW AVAILABLE!!!!! Let’s take a look at the Petzl REEVE carriage pulley and some of its common uses. The REEVE is made from two high-efficiency pulleys mounted onto a rigging plate. This design simplifies setting up rescue systems on a highline by reducing the amount of equipment needed as well as …

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Dynamic Directional Offset System Using an A-Frame and Natural High Directional

Over time, we’ve found this style of deflection offset to be really fun. They have their limits, as with any system, but strength (when properly rigged and run) comes easy and we appreciate the versatility it offers. Large gaps or spans are typically the MO for dynamic directionals. We used a standard A-Frame configuration on …

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Floating the Litter Using an A-Frame and Gin Pole Trackline

Steep angle litter work can be about as difficult as any high angle rescue. The main reason is that the litter attendants will have to pick and choose the terrain while still maintaining patient contact and visual. This isn’t always doable and often teams are working with minimal personnel so choosing a system that works …

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Two MAESTRO, I’D or RIG (used in parallel by a single operator)

The MAESTRO, I’D or RIG descenders can be used in parallel in rescue situations, mainly with long rope lengths and smaller rescue teams. This technique enables a single user to simultaneously operate two devices.   Advantages Even sharing of the load on the descenders Reduced potential extension of the system, in case one of the …

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How can rescue trainers use computers to find hidden treasures?

I have been sharing about my sojourns… which are really about your journeys and your journeys are about your vision for the future. Everything I have taken on has been anchored into something all y’all have gone through… I know this because you told me so. Early on I in my career I was embarrassed …

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What are some myths team leaders believe about hidden treasures that simply aren’t true?

So, “the game is afoot”… Like Sherlock Holmes I was looking for something, anything that would get me closer to solving “the mystery of the missing retention”. I approached 3 people I knew could help me in this… Reed Thorne, who literally changed the scope and trajection of technical rope rescue and is a true …

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What’s the #1  leadership and team building mistake rope rescue technician’s make?

The year was 2003… almost 5 years post my bellwether event in Sedona. These “leaders” had shown me not just an existence of something new, but of a direction of a trend of things to come. During these years, I had taken other courses and had become much more familiar with “the vertical terrain”. Mind …

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What would you say to a nervous rope rescue technician about getting started with leadership and team building?

I found myself in a very compromising predicament. I had been running my gear company for less than a year and had been in search and rescue or the better part of 2 years and felt comfortable with what I had understood rope rescue to be. Fast forward a bit… I am standing on Bell …

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“You grow by putting yourself in an uncomfortable position. And I think we’ve done a lot of that in the last three days.”

Hey friend! Are you a rope rescue professional that wants an easy to understand framework that explains how two tension systems and high directionals work? Are you working with the your team and wanting them to understand two tension systems and high directionals, but don’t know how to go about retraining your individual team members or even the entire …

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