Category: Caving

Get more friction with a double Munter

Get more friction with a double Munter

Get more friction with a double Munter A number of organisations (e.g.ski patrols and glacier guiding) use a 6mm Spectra or Dyneema line for escape or access. The upside of using this type of system is it is lightweight and easily carried all day. One of the downsides is that you need to use a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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