Well, we had a great time. Horizontal rigging sounds a bit “out there” and very un-precise. However… that is exactly what went down (well, a least across). Pat and the crew ran through half a dozen scenarios ranging from confined spaces, small and large spans, tensioning systems, mass evacuation systems and everything in-between.
General topics included Taglines (simple handlines and major taglines… also known as off-sets), Dynamic Directionals, Highlines Configurations and Tensioning Systems, Gin Pole and A-Frame set ups and Reeving Systems (Norwegian and English versions). The week ended on building Twin and Quad Bundled Highlines.
The tensioning systems were amazing! The physics involved in this is to much fun… when everything is laid-out and everything is in front of you and making sense… the whole confusion of “over-building” simple systems and obscenities thrown out at people for under-building systems (you’re going to kill someone!) is done away with. General principles, simple physics that we see day in and day out and knowledge of the gear is really key. Ooops… did I push a button on this? It is really fun to learn new things when “sacred cows” are slaughtered.
Physics is much like life… most of what we need to understand is invisible, but the ramifications literally hold the earth together. Mind boggling but humbling to be a part of. The images taken here from The Lab is but a small portion of what was covered. The video segments will be added to Rescue Response Gear TV very soon, so stay tuned.
We have another course coming up in October… come join us!
Thank you Sterling Rope for all the help and assistance!