Category: Rope Rescue

Lightweight systems – testing to the next level

Lightweight systems – testing to the next level

Lightweight systems – testing to the next level Once you start testing you is realise there is more testing to do. The testing aimed to push the limits of the belay for the lightweight rescue system. We decided on a 1.5m drop on 3m of rope with a 200kg load. Back in 2017, we did […]

The American Death Triangle in the real world

The American Death Triangle in the real world

The American Death Triangle in the real world Recently (Feb 2018) I wrote a blog on the forces involved in the American Death Triangle. I questioned if there were some occasions we can use this style of rigging. Note: I would recommend reading this first article before diving into this one: American Death Triangle and […]

Mechanical rescue belay for 10mm rope?

Mechanical rescue belay for 10mm rope?

Mechanical rescue belay for 10mm rope? Putting two belay devices with assisted braking through their paces We tested rescue belays (belay devices with assisted braking) as they would function as part of a two-rope system for lightweight back-country rescue. Out in the real world of the backcountry, you often don’t have dry clean conditions. So […]

The American Death Triangle and driving on the wrong side of the road

The American Death Triangle and driving on the wrong side of the road

Have you ever been told never to use the American Death Triangle for 2-point anchor rigging as it has a pulley effect on the anchors and is considered ‘bad’ or is ‘dreaded’? In this article, we will consider the American Death Triangle in more detail and see what’s going on. What sparked my interest was […]

Baseline testing for lightweight rope rescue

Baseline testing for lightweight rope rescue

Baseline testing for lightweight rope rescue Making sure we have sufficient safety factor for 10mm rope and 7mm cord This article is about getting some hard data to back up a change in practice – using lightweight rope rescue systems. That is going from 11mm to 10mm rope for backcountry rescue and the associated change […]

Let’s lighten the load

Let’s lighten the load

Let’s lighten the load After a particularly arduous 24hrs underground and 1000m of hauling on a deep cave SAREX(Search And Rescue EXercise) we started our journey towards asking the right questions about lightweight rope rescue. Could we lighten up the backcountry rope rescue gear we use while keeping acceptable safety margins? We knew we had […]

Double Fisherman’s vs Overhand Rethread

Double Fisherman’s vs Overhand Rethread

Double fisherman’s vs. overhand rethread Tying Prusik loops with a bend for your Prusik Minding Pulley For tying Prusik loops I have always used the double fisherman’s bend. However, the double fisherman’s is bulky and as a result, never sits quite right on the body of the Prusik Minding Pulley (PMP). I decided to try […]

get the
top 5 rescue
checklist

Moments away

Want to be ready for rescue?

Get clarity, organised and practised