Grant Prattley

Founder and consultant at Over The Edge Rescue. Rescuer, instructor, guide, author, designer, and adventurer.

Safety information: Engaging your staff

Safety information: Engaging your staff afety-management-plan-A6-A5-binding

Safety information. 7 ways to make your safety information more engaging for staff. A few years ago I started up an adventure tourism company. Before we could operate I had to create a safety management plan (for an audit). I spent many days crafting a wonderful plan. Now I needed to get this information into a format that […]

Which bends for joining ropes?

Which bends for joining ropes? joining-bends-testing-2015

This article has been updated in 2020 with all the bends retested and lots more information on variations including small and large diameters. Check it out: Which bends for joining ropes update – CLICK HERE Which bend for joining ropes? Testing and analysis of flat bends used for rope retrieval As part of writing the Canyoning […]

Anchor rigging: Getting a grip on pre-tensioning

Anchor rigging: Getting a grip on pre-tensioning

Anchor rigging: Getting a grip on pre-tensioning. For anchors a long way back from an edge, we often need to bring the anchor rigging and focal point forward to a better working position. An effective way to achieve this is by using multiple strands and pre-tensioning our rigging. When the load becomes live ideally there […]

Abseiling: 5 ways to improve

Abseiling: 5 ways to improve abseiling-imp-grotto-canyoning-festival-web

Abseiling: 5 ways to improve. Lessons learnt from abseiling in a canyon. When I first started canyoning several years ago I had to adapt my abseiling (rappelling) technique to this environment. A few things were the same and many things were different (or as is often said ‘same-same but different’). I had come from a […]

Systems Analysis: When does 1 = 4.5

Systems Analysis: When does 1 = 4.5

Systems Analysis: When does 1=4.5 Updated and revised by Grant Prattley, OTE Rescue 2014.Based on original work by SARINZ Trust 2010.Article for Tomo Times, NZ Speleological Society, Waitomo, New Zealand. It seems to happen you strike the trickiest part of rescue rigging around 4am in the morning, in the wettest part of the cave at […]

Soil Anchor Report

Soil Anchor Report

Soil Anchor Report A report by Chris Gallagher, Field Equipment Officer, Australian Antarctic Division, March 2011. This report presents methods, discussion and recommendations in relation to appropriate rope rescue anchors and rigging systems needed for Macquarie Island. This testing has relevance to other rescue teams that need to carry ground anchors to the rescue site. […]

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