We were deep inside a cave on a rescue carrying over 100kgs of gear, and I thought there must be a better way?
Grant Prattley, August 18th, 2018
After 24 hours on the go, three rescuers remained at the top of a 110m pitch.
We had rigged a tracking line with a 70m offset with a small team of rescuers.
With a larger team, we hauled the patient as well as lots of equipment up the pitch.
I did a quick calculation and realised we had achieved over 1000m of hauling in 24 hours!
I was spent both physically and mentally and then just kept working.
As we were carrying over 100kgs of rescue gear out to the entrance, I thought ‘there must be a better way?’
Question: What can 1000m of hauling in 24hrs do?
Answer: To be honest, it nearly broke me, but most importantly it got me thinking and questioning what we do.
First, we must stop and analyse what we need and then act.
Contrary to what you might think the latest rope rescue equipment and high-end techniques are not necessarily going to help you achieve your goals.
My name is Grant Prattley and I am the founder of Over The Edge Rescue.
At Over The Edge Rescue, we test rope rescue techniques and equipment multiple times per year. Then we turn the most effective ones into detailed step-by-step instructions for you.
Last month we found one technique we had been using for years didn’t work as well as it could. We tested it side by side with something else and come up with a new way.
That’s why we’re here.
Every month we email out new information that helps you improve.