Two Rope Offsets

Comparison between MAESTRO and I’D for a rescue using twin tensioned haul lines

Excerpt from Gear In Use 2: Technical Rescue MAESTRO and I’D allow for efficient hauling, releasing the lock at any time, and a controlled lower of the load. The two devices have different ergonomics and different specifications (working load and efficiency). Hauling The MAESTRO’s efficiency enables the effective use of simple pulley systems. If a …

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Two Rope Tension System A-Frame Resultant Insight, Part 2

Excerpt from “A Guide to Artificial High Directionals & Two Tension Rope Systems” To review, this simplest way to make sure it’s stable is to visualize your resultants and make sure they’re landing within the footprint of your system. Then provide some guying for stability and the insurance that in the event that someone should …

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Two Rope Twin Tension Mini Offset… Backcountry Meets Fire Service

~This is a quick snippet of something we filmed when we first opened up RLA’s studio lab ~ Two Rope Twin Tension Mini Offset… Backcountry Meets Fire Service   So backcountry meets fire service… sounds like a battle of some sort.  So while this “match up” is really neither epic nor epoch, this contest does …

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A Quick Look at Two Tension Rope System and a Dynamic Directional Offset using Two Artificial High Directionals

The Purpose (Vision) We have always encouraged experimentation and creativity when learning.  I do my best to take the advice of people I respect.  The other day I sat in the studio thinking about some unused space we have and decided to build a test piece… a small slot canyon where a hiker needed to …

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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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Working on the Horizon Line: Seeing What Lurks Below Requires a Higher Vantage Point

The Story For a long time you were the lone wolf.  Making decisions about life and your team’s future and basing the decisions off of what you thought would be best… without much input from others. We’ve all been in that place and now… we need to rethink how we are making decisions and planning …

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Litter Hauling Techniques Using Dual Capacity or Twin Tension Rope Systems Part 3: Via A Two Rope Offset

Two Rope Offset Systems or “cross hauling” uses two identical working systems (normally).  Now while some use a main-belay system, we are advocating a “two tension system” as it “halves” the amount of tension on both sides respectively, thus reducing the chances of any load related challenges… I am purposely not using the term “catastrophic …

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Litter Hauling Techniques Using Dual Capacity or Twin Tension Rope Systems Part 2

So in this installment of Litter Hauling Techniques Using Dual Capacity or Twin Tension Rope Systems Part 2, I would like to jump into anchor and anchor systems used in a few of the systems we set up here this week.  Neverland has three upper platforms or stages (as we call them) and the lower Ground …

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Two Rope System Cross Pollination: A Tale of Two Industries

Almost all rope rescue systems used could be considered a “two rope system”.  Traditional mainline / slack belay systems and twin tension rope systems (TTRS) both use two (2) ropes.  However, the similarities stop there.  I won’t get into the biopsy of the mainline-belay line system because, well… they have been around forever.  The “relatively” …

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Rigging and Running A Two Rope Offset System

The following are notes taken from Peak Rescue Institute while on location in Joshua Tree National Park.  The scenario is a pick-off using an “offset” and more specific a “two rope offset system”.  I choose to keep the audio on this video as it really calls out the importance of communication.  Offsets provide an amazing …

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