SMC Vector Gin Pole Overview

Written By: Lance Piatt

SMC Vector Gin Pole Overview

In this segment, we’ve got another simple two tension lower and two tension raise through two Petzl I’Ds, with the highlight of it being the high directional that we chose to use this time… The SMC Vector.

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It’s a single gin pole that allows for different guying options. In our example, we elected to use two front ties and one single back tie, all of them under tension. The purpose of the Vector gin pole behind it is for more backcountry rescue situations where weight and size of materials is a major consideration that needs to be taken into account.

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So unlike the Vortex or the TerrAdaptor, where we have a lot of different height adjustment and strength additives, the Vector is only one height. You can’t extend it or retract it, but the goal is to give yourself enough elevation over the edge to mitigate that friction during edge transitions, have the benefits of a high directional, and still maintain something that’s lightweight and easy to carry for the rescue teams that need to access difficult situations on long hikes.

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One specific note worth making is that when dealing with the Vector gin pole (as is the same with any gin pole configuration), you can see that the Vector is leaned forward quite a bit. Just like what we discussed with the Vortex, that’s called erring forward. With this, we’re pushing the gin pole forward into the resultant. When we load this rope, and we have the two-component vectors that form the resultant in the pulley, we want this to be as in line with the compression member as possible. If it’s slightly forward or slightly behind, that’s okay, but having it be too exaggerated forward and too exaggerated behind is going to cause instability. So, to avoid that, we lean the gin pole out into the resultant.

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