Artificial High Directionals (AHD), Tripods and Multipods
Artificial High Directionals, or AHD’s, allow a qualified rescue team to redirect the path of their mainline around and over obstacles. Although the uses for a versatile AHD are limitless, the most frequent is to reduce edge trauma in raising and lowering systems. Running your mainline through a directional, located seven feet or so above the edge, allows your team to go over the edge with very few of the typical risks and difficulties. Better yet, it allows you to bring your victim back over the edge quickly, easily, and safely.
The greatest majority of AHD’s are sold as tripods. With adequate training, a tripod can rapidly be deployed over many cliffs, structures, and vertical access shafts. More advanced AHD systems, such as the Vortex Multipod, allow a well trained team to quickly create alternate rigs: A-Frames, Sideways A-Frames (SA), Easel-A, Gin Poles. In the right hands, these advanced rigs can offer increased stability and extremely safe deployment.
AHD’s require advanced training for proper use. Anything less is a recipe for disaster. In the hands of trained and qualified technicians, however, an effective AHD may well be the most significant key to dramatically increasing the safety of any over-the-edge rescue.
A new removable backpack carrying system for Arizona Vortex leg bags, the Sedona Shoulder Harness quickly attaches or detaches from the leg bag for extended carries into the backcountry or up long flights of stairs up high-rise buildings.
A portable artificial high directional system with the ability to be a tripod, a monopod, and a bipod all in one. With a precision two point head, the CMC Arizona Vortex can be rigged in various applications such as, a standard tripod or advanced set ups such as an A-frame, gin pole or multiple other imaginative configurations.
Developed by Reed Thorne, the AZORP kit was designed to add versatility to the Arizona Vortex system by combining two component halves to be used in combination or used separately. Positioned either within the legs or on the exterior of the legs the AZORP kit gives an added bonus of multiple attachment points and added versatility to the Arizona Vortex Systems abilities.