Multiple Use Paradigm

So we often toss the word “paradigm” around and many of us don’t actually know what “one” is.  A paradigm is “a set of forms all of which contain a particular element, especially the set of all inflected forms based on a single stem or theme.”  Boiling this down, it means, “the way we always do things”; a pattern passed down through the generations or something “we” always do when “we do something a lot”.  This is could be an over simplification, but it is true.

Last time, we talked about the 4 Steps and The Rules  that go into getting things done with very little. Today, I want to briefly talk about having a new mind shift.. A New Paradigm!  A Re-direct! A Multiple Use Paradigm!  Why?  Because we become wiser, more knowledgeable and quicker at gaining understanding when we allow ourselves options.  So remember The Rules?

The Rules

  1. Keep what you use
  2. Remove what you don’t use
  3. Multiple use paradigm
  4. Train with less.

I have used this example numerous times in the past and honestly haven’t found a better example of “pushing a button”.  Rich Delaney of Rope Lab has done (in my opinion) the best job of encouraging people to “shift their thinking” and apply logic and knowledge in order to gain a better understanding of why things work better when pared down to a minimum. Minimalist thinking always gets things down to a vital few elements.  Rigging Lab Academy has a huge library of Rich’s work… truly an academic masterpiece for today’s rigging enthusiasts.  Anyway… check out the video at the bottom (when you’ve finished reading this blog) and envision only 3 people. 4 if you needed an actual patient attendant.

Who are the 3-4?

  1. Main Line
  2. Belay Line
  3. Edge Attendant
  4. Patient Attendant

In any rigging system, we always have 4 Elements to it… (Most things in life do not need to be complicated)

  1. A Lifeline
  2. Connectors
  3. Progress Capture
  4. Mechanical Advantage or Disadvantage

So obviously the new mind-shift or paradigm is to rethink the necessary 6-7 man team for normal raise and lower systems.  Why am I pushing this type of thing?  Time-Energy-Money.  Budgets are getting hosed.  Fire departments are cutting back on just about everything except the essentials… and training (oddly) is one of the first things to go.  Time?…  Who has that right?  Industry will never have the luxury of large teams and stand-by-rescue are needing to apply “more with less” as well.

Less people on a given team means SMART (specific, measurable, assignable, realistic, timely) training or… more training hours with less people on more efficient ways of doing things. I know I am making people either nervous, angry or both, however… There is logic in this.  Going back to the Vital Few, it is true that only a few people do the majority of the work (a proven fact).  So why not have those vital few actually do the work with systems that when applied properly, will actually fulfill 80%-90% of the needs.  This will allow others to concentrate on other skill sets where they become part of that Vital Few.

So just to let you know… I do realize that every good thing has it’s flaw and I am sure everyone reading this blog can certainly pick it apart somewhere… however, you’d be hard pressed to toss it out.  The logic is sound and certainly worth considering.  Why?  Because maybe it isn’t your shift, department or even decade that will benefit from it.  Think legacy!





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4 Steps To Do More With Less

We have all walked into a closet bursting at the seams where at first glance, looks like a museum of natural history.  Almost everything in there has evidence of a past life, but very little in the way of recent use.  I would gather that most (of our friend’s) gear cache look and appear the same way.  Tools of the trade that look more like “the land of misfit toys” rather than a lean and mean rigging machine.  Well, we can help with that.

The simple answer isn’t… just throw stuff away.  But there are a few rules we can by.

The Rules

  1. Keep what you use.
  2. Remove what you don’t use.
  3. Multiple use paradigm
  4. Train with less.

Keep What screen-shot-2016-10-27-at-6-00-10-pmYou Use

The “old saying” isn’t old nor just a saying.  The Rule of the Vital Few is a scientific theory with a ton of truth.  Many of us know it as the 80-20 Rule or Pareto’s Law.  It states (essentially) that 80% of any output comes from a vital 20% of the input.  The job is to find the vital 20%.  So we have carabiners, rope, cord, webbing, pulleys, various friction devices, harnesses, helmets… and the list goes on right? There are so many directions we can go with this and the answer will never be the same for everyone, but!!!!  you will find that “a solution” will fit 80% of those with the same job requirements or responsibilities.

So to think that most of what we “do” comes from only 20% of what we put in is hard right?  Well, it is really more about removing what isn’t needed.  Diminishing returns is really about observations and these observations must be acted upon with purpose and resolve.  I am not saying is that “the 80” covers everything,  as there is a remaining 20% that is crucial for excellence.  This is the area we often don’t train for.  Lack of preparedness is a killer in just about every circle of life.

I will be circling back on this topic in future article and blog releases.  Volumes are have been written on this topic.  You didn’t think I would simply toss out an answer did you?

Remove What You Don’t Use

I am not suggesting you throw things away.  There are tons of non-profits and teams across the nations that are exactly where you were years ago.  This section should actually follow #s 3 and 4, but I wanted to place this in where the mindset needs to be.  You are preparing to do more with less, so prepare now.  There is the list you made from the initial 80-20 right?  So you should have a good idea of what “you actually use”… 80% of the time.  Whatever isn’t used put into a box for later.  I will come back to this.

Multiple Use Paradigm

So this has as much to do with carabiners as it does friction devices.  We have a bird’s eye view of carabiners, harnesses, and rope from “every tribe and tongue”.  Do you really need 4 different kinds of carabiners, 3 sizes of harnesses, racks, 8 plates, I’ds and MPDs, not to mention all those pulleys?  I remember a few years ago, a customer called in with a huge list he needed to fill and order.  I am not sure who he got the list from (he protected the name), but the only thing the list did was matched the amount of money “they needed to spend”… huh!!!!!!  Nobody ever saves the customer money when they spend money on stuff they don’t need… even if they “got the lowest price”.  We have spent years talking people out of gear as much as into screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-7-32-16-pmsomething else… because it was the right thing to do.

I am not suggesting that you only order one type of carabiner, a one-size-fits-most harness or only one rope length.  I am however highly suggesting to up the ante with products like the Petzl I’d or the CMC MPD, AZTEKs or the Skyhook Winch systems and loose the extra pulleys and carabiners and pay it forward to someone else. We have videos that show this in great length.

Again, the multi-use rule is important and we have videos that discuss this and will be touching on this point in later articles.  The point here though is to think lean, mean, and know your purpose.  It is great to think about the play yard of the 10%, but few live there.  The rest of us mortals have a job to do.  Pat Rhodes always hammers the “train above the call out”…  Absolutely true!  But do it with less gear and less people.  You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish when you have too.  Hint… How many personnel does it take to raise a rescue load?  Answer… 1  One product is saving the cost of 3 extra people.  Raising one person with 4 people is an extremely expensive exercise is it not?

Train With Less

This is where the magic happens.  Remember the gear from #2?  The stuff in the box?  Leave it there.  Go back to your budget and transfer half of your budgeted gear allotment to training with a company who knows how to “get more done with less”.  Don’t think this will work?  Right people, right bus, right seat.  Do your homework and get in front the proper people.  Saving money today is huge. Saving lives is about honest living, honest spending and honest preparation.

I guarantee that precision training and focusing on the 80-20 with the “vital few” pieces of gear, will build a better team and a better future for all.  Besides, this will give you something to shoot for when you really start building for the “10%”.

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Polyester Rope…. Why and Where To Use It

Hey there,

So I am hanging in the office today… first major storms of the season, and thinking about rope.  Ha! Right!!  Actually, warmer weather,  rivers, surf and trail running has my attention, but that is probably TMI ya?  Actually I am looking over a number of  questions I received the last few months pertaining to rope.  Not sure why the influx of questions on particular topic, but hey… if we have folks asking questions, then we should try to answer them.

Manufacturers do an incredible job at giving y’all just the right amount of information and with just a smidgen of techie stuff.  And should you need more… then there is always the specs right?  And so without further ado… Polyester Rope and Why and Where To Use It, and as a side note, I will be focusing in on work and rescue rope and staying with 80-20 rule as the standard.

mono-pod gin pole AHD with polyester ropeSo there are a ton of manufacturers out there with nylon, poly and blended varieties of rope.  I am only going to be dealing with a couple of examples.  In my opinion, and I will likely get some flack here… they are pretty much the same.  For most reading this article, NFPA 1983 General Use is the focus.  Yes, CE is also important, but NPFA is the linch-pin for most.  If it doesn’t meet this grade, then you are likely either working in an arena that doesn’t require this spec, or you probably don’t much care… and for these folks, you still are likely using an amazing rope.  Why?  Because standards being what they are, you have to manufacture a truly great rope just to complete.

So for the digested questions at hand… Why Polyester, When Polyester and What Polyester?  Assuming everyone understands kernmantle and what that all means (core and sheath) and that 12.5mm or 11mm is the diameter of the rope (and you know which one you need), we can move to why you might want “polyester” rope.

So in the beginning, rope was made out of hemp and then moved to nylon…. science brought out the benefits of polyester and for some folks, this changed things in a big way.  HTP (Sterling’s brand name of “high tenacity polyester” rope) really started the trend in my opinion.  Polyester rope was around before them, but Sterling really put things on the map with their HTP.

  • It has very minimal elongation metrics… meaning it stretches very little and this is particularly important with raising and lowering systems, long spans like highlines and long top to bottom vertical rigging work.
  • Because work and rescue rope gets abused frequently, polyester is a great choice where abrasion resistance.
  • Strength is not so much compromised when the rope is wet.

Now while numbers show that nylon is the lead polymer for rope sales, I would contend that if more people understood the merits of polyester, those numbers could shift.  Now, while this short long horizontal span with polyester ropepiece is meant to discuss polyester rope, there are polyester blends and of course simple nylon, that on their own merit, sway what could be a one sided discussion into a more “it depends“… to coin a phrase from my friend and canyoneering thought leader Rich Carlson.

  • Sterling HTP (hyper-tenacity polyester) rope features a low elongation making this rope a top choice for main line, haul systems, and high line use, along with all types of technical rescue, confined space rescue, USAR, and industrial safety applications.
  • CMC Static Pro  A rope with less than 2% stretch at 300 lbf, the CMC Static Pro Rope is a 100% high-tenacity polyester rope. Non-water absorbent, this rope is also resistant to acid and has awesome durability.
  • PMI IsoStatic The riggers dream rope.  Built to stay the course, whatever the course. Much less stretch other rope of the same construction.

For the other questions, we’ll talk about later or… don’t hesitate in tossing us a question at


Peace on your days!




3 Steps To Success


Brew Tanks-Deschutes Brewery-Bend Oregon

I have an idea of what you might be thinking… What?  Another 3 Step process for something? It is true though. I was in the editing studio doing some work for an upcoming rigging project and I saw this image.  Many of you have seen this image as well.  It is from our Conversations In Rigging course with Richard Delaney.  Now while this was filmed a couple of seasons ago, the moment I saw this image, I remembered the air temperature (82 degrees) and everything else about the moment.  We had just finished a long day of shooting and we were lowering Chris off the walkway (looking between the tanks).  Sun was setting in the West (we are looking North here) and I remember asking Torrey his thoughts on the day and could see in his eyes… “leave me alone… I am working”.  I thought, “ok”, and went about my tasks. He saw something… he had a vision!

So when I pulled this image back up, I looked at it in reverse and then remembered our original tour of Deschutes Brewery and after going through the entire complex, we happened upon this new area.  Brand new tanks less than a few months old.  Starting up the circular staircase, Rich Delaney looked through the “slot” and said something like… “look… right there”.  He knew, straight away, where he wanted to place Chris, where he needed place the directionals and knew how to get there.  What he didn’t know, at the time, was where the anchors were going to go.  And if you have seen the V Anchor series, you’d know that the first piece of business to attend to is to know where the ropes go and the where the person is being lowered or raised first from.  You build the anchors from there.  So… In just a matter of seconds, we went through the 3 Step Process.

  1. Vision… without it, you have no plan.  So often people show up on scene and just start throwing things into chaos simply because there was no vision, much less a plan.  You need to be able to literally visualize what must happen long before it ever materializes.  I still remember, back in the day, when I’d watch Reed Thorne build these huge systems.  I’d sit back and just be awestruck at the enormity of it all.  He saw every aspect of it.  He’d sit or stand somewhere and be able to know exactly what something should like.. right down to the knot.  Fascinating!!!
  2. Alignment… Priority means “one”.  We have lost the true meaning of the term.  You don’t have “priorities”.  You have The One Thing (Priority) and everything else is in alignment and in proper order.  Once The One Thing or Priority has been accomplished, you move to the next Priority.  Now… often that One Thing must have numerous pieces to make it functional, but… proper alignment and order always take precedence in the hierarchy of steps.
  3. Leadership… Leadership doesn’t mean he or she has set the vision… It does mean though Alignment will be dictated by the Leadership and the task at hand.  Does this mean that “the leader” knows all the elements of “how” to process individual steps… Not always, but the Leadership knows and fully understands the Vision, and thus makes the important distinction… “right person, right job”.

This 3 Step process is pretty much a “life process” as well.  Faith, Family and Work.  Nothing is exempt from the process except the areas in life that doesn’t have much importance, but even then I can argue that is still matters.  Vision dictates the alignment and leadership carries it to completion.

Peace on your days!!!!


Equipment… Toys or Tools?

mpd and bolt

I have enjoyed most of my time in this industry and community. I have heard it said that if you like 75% of what you do, you are doing very well. I can say that. The other 25% of the time is a mix of administrative and industry frustrations. One of the interesting components I have witnessed is the mix of Tools vs Toys. I had a theory on this and it went something like this… “tools are for the professional and toys are for the amateur”. As time marched on, I have changed this and have begun to see things more like “tools get things done and toys build the foundation from which tools are made”.

I find it interesting that much of the equipment that has been released in recent years almost always has some notion of complexity or controversy assigned to it.  Whether it was HTP (hyper tenacity polyester) from Sterling. The Petzl I’d.  The CMC MPD.  The Arizona Vortex or the TerrAdaptor.  Heck, even the AZTEK had it’s ney sayers when the “Set of Fours” originally released it’s gold standard.

Whether attending conferences, trade shows, training courses or just the hanging around the beer tap, complexity and controversy always grabbed the sharp edges of the conversations.  These edges always have traction to them.  Traction that begs to have something touch it… like velcro.  The arguments that had neither teeth nor edges of their own never took form because they had nothing to grab.  In other words, to have a resolution, you need to have a Problem and a Solution.  If someone looking for a problem isn’t simultaneously looking for a solution, then nothing will become of the process.  Those looking for solutions, must have a vested interest in the problem to begin with, otherwise it is simply talk.A simple hitch

So here we go.  Toys are not made to solve a problem.  Often, we give toys to kids to mimic or hold some sort of reference to the real thing, but rarely has any lasting impact or purpose.  However, toys that don’t muster creativity or enjoyment often get tossed, but the procreative mind with a larger “game” sees something in the toy because he/she sees either something that needs to be improved on (sees a problem that needs a solution) or that it has potential to solve an existing problem (thus seeing a solution in process).  Said another way, toys will always remain a toy unless a greater assignment is at hand (achievement).

I think that for a tool to exist, there must be technology in play.  A tool (like a toy) must intersect a need and move to a solution.  The solution isn’t the tool… but without it, there is no solving the problem.  A tool invariably asks the question, “what must I do in order to complete this task”.  Toys don’t do this, but tools do.

omni as CDThe one thing we all as humans have in common is that we were once kids.  And as kids, we all thought like kids.  Some moved on from there and others stayed.  Some of the world’s greatest engineers, designers and creative beings continue to “toy” with the idea of great accomplishments because being creative never left them.  Their questions got stronger and the need to solve things became even brighter. The biggest question of all is “what I am trying to solve for”.  You know, the math question we all hated in school.

So here is my question… What are we trying to solve for? It is likely not a great thought to build, modify or otherwise move something without a purpose;  a problem to solve.  So I want to challenge the creators of equipment and manufacturers of ideas… Do you know why you are doing what you are doing and how it will it lead you to the next step of “solving for x”?

PS… Can you guess what the 25% is?

Cheers, Lance

Who is taking rigging to the next level?

Yosemite SAR Technicians perform a climber rescue from the Royal Arches NPS Photo/ Dave Pope
Yosemite SAR Technicians perform a climber rescue from the Royal Arches NPS Photo/ Dave Pope

So who is taking this industry to the next level?  Manufacturers?  Riggers? Trainers? Who?

So this might offend some and others may agree… still others may not have even thought about this.  Having watched Valley Uprising for the umpteenth time, I am simply flabbergasted at how the levels keep getting raised. Now I am not sure of the how many people die each year in climbing accidents, but the National Park Service estimates that within it’s jurisdiction, it is about 2.5 deaths per year and about 15-25 people require rescue each year.  I am only guessing the Yosemite NP ranks pretty darn high.

I remember the first time I went climbing in Yosemite… It was bigger than I could have imagined and man, was I scared!  I took a complete novice with me.  My lead climbing was minimal at best.  We made it out alive… barely.  That was over 20 years ago.  I could have been a statistic, but I wasn’t.  What did happen though, was that I understood my gear much better.  The cams took their fair share of hits.  The rope got stretched longer than ever before and I became a much better climber and rigger.  My knowledge grade was up’d significantly.

It was a few more years before I joined the county SAR team and for the next 10+ years, I became a student of not just rescue, but of rigging as well.  When Rescue Response Gear became the priority, I listened more than practiced and now… and 20+ years later, I am watching a whole new generation of riggers coming into their own. 20 somethings even!!!

Richard Delaney of RopeLab discussing the finer things of rigging light with a gin pole setup in his beloved Blue Mountains.
Richard Delaney of RopeLab discussing the finer things of rigging light with a gin pole setup in his beloved Blue Mountains.

I am watching AMGA guides, fire service young bucks, slackline dirt bags… all testing the limits of what is now and what should be tomorrow.  And so my question is… “who is going to take it to the next level?”  In my opinion, the whole “catastrophic” event is over emphasized with intentioned folks who actually aren’t even pushing the limits of equipment.  Those that do push the 10:1 or even less, do either because they literally have calculated everything out and know it or… the system gets severely down graded because the weak link are the prusiks (or something worse), not the main or core elements of the system. So what are the “core” elements of a system?  This is a topic I will explore soon.

I will go out on a limb… manufacturers will lead the way, but with the strong assistance of some “rule breakers”.  Why?  Because we need some dirt bags/rule breakers to really push things beyond the intended limits.  Who are dirt bags?   Well, if you are one, you know it and are nodding YES!!!!  If you aren’t one and are asking “what is a dirt bag?”… then you’ll never know. For those who remember Dan Osman and his team of riggers, the exploits of what they were doing were incredible.  Yes, he died, but I will let you reference the actually facts of what happened.  The system was solid except for one thing… he changed a critical component of the system and the angle of trajectory changed and thus the system failed because of the lack of progress of one pulley and misguided ropes touching each other. A fatal mistake, but one that can be rebuilt and understood.

Ropes That Rescue Page Liked · July 17, 2015 · Steep angle gin pole with TTRS — in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Photo Ropes That Rescue
Ropes That Rescue Page Liked · July 17, 2015 · Steep angle gin pole with TTRS — in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Photo Ropes That Rescue

Am I suggesting this is what is needed? Absolutely not!  What I see happening though are people without a predefined perception of what is possible, will push limits because they know the purpose and they calculate what needs to be set for a given event.  They calculate the worse case scenario and know it in advance. They don’t guess and they don’t over build.  For years, I watched in awe at what Reed Thorne put together.  Mastery in art form.  And now his sons are taking over and who knows where things can go.

The status quo can be considered a rule… Those that question the status quo could be considered a “rule breaker”.  Why?  They dare to push the established boundary of safety.  They are pushing boundaries, because they know about product development.  I have had some amazing conversations with Rich Delaney about this.  Listen to this man and watch what he does and talks about.  Leaders who learn, pass on not just the successful attempts but of the failures as well.  Leaders will always fail more than followers… Always!  Because they take the chance to look like a failure and often are misunderstood. Yet we owe the next chapters and successes to such as these.

So in the coming weeks, I want to look into what a Next Level Leader (NLL) looks like and why.  Thanks for putting up with my mini rant.  Check out our Rigging Lab Academy Facebook page or the Rigging Lab Academy Group page and lets here your thoughts.

Until then…



Tech Pick of the Week | Episode 7 How to Rig for the Shot

Welcome to this weeks Tech Pick of the Week. Every week where our Tech’s break down an industry best product, tricks or tips. Last week we broke down a simple haul system for light loads. In this Tech Pick we had to rig our camera operator into a tricky place to get a clean shot.

In order to accomplish this we built a dynamic directional with a reeve line to facilitate camera movement. Tensionless hitches, change of directions, reeving systems to enable controlled descents and ascents. Pulleys, harnesses, working line and safety lines are discussed. One particular product in use is the CMC MPD.

Luke Bryan walks us through some of the gear and techniques we used to set up this shot. If you have any questions on how to set up a dynamic direction pulley system or if you would like to purchase any of the gear used in this tech short visit If you have any questions please call us at 888.600.9116 or email us at

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Petzl Navaho Bod Croll Fast Harness
Rock Exotica Omni Block Pulley’s
Petzl Vent Helmet
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Horizontal Rigging (Trailer) with Pat Rhodes

Filmed in conjunction with Rescue Response Gear, Pat Rhodes unpacks NFPA’s Awareness, Operations and Technician platforms, Horizontal Rigging unpacks the essentials of Anchors, Main Line and Belay Line Systems, Elevated Anchor Systems and then goes full steam into Taglines, Dynamic Directionals and Highlines. Pat Rhodes has long been considered a mentor to thousands of riggers through the world. What he has to say is important.

Some of what you will see in this course:

Horizontal Systems

In high angle rescue, horizontal systems are add-on rope systems that serve as a

means to change or influence the original fall line of the mainline/belay line package.

This form of rope rigging is very useful in overcoming obstacles, and correcting the

horizontal orientation of the rescue operation.

We will address 3 major divisions of horizontal systems, they are:

1. Taglines

2. Dynamic Directionals

3. Highlines

These 3 may be further sub-divided into minor or major. Minor horizontal system do not

require belaying from the point of horizontal influence, major horizontal system require

belaying from the point of horizontal influence.

They all have advantages and disadvantages. Some work well on wide chasms, others

work better on smaller gaps, some are simply used for minor adjustments of the rescue package.

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The Voodoo (A Tensioning Hitch) By Marcel Rodriquez

Thank you Rigging Lab Academy for this article…

Tasty Tools and Sweet Tricks – By Marcel Rodriguez

Every so often I encounter a tip, trick or tool that makes me wonder how I got along prior to learning of its existence. In this series of articles, I will share a few of the tricks and tools that I have found most useful.

The Voodoo

I first heard of the voodoo a few years ago when some of my teammates attended a session put on by a couple of members of the Cache County (Utah) Search and Rescue team. In the session, they introduced a quick tensioning system they referred to as the “Voodoo Hitch”. They went on to demonstrate one of the simplest, fastest, and most useful tensioning systems I had seen. As you will soon see, the Voodoo is easy to construct, but hard to explain (thus the name). We spent the better part of the next year playing with it, testing it, and finding new places to incorporate it. When I finally got a chance to work with the crew that had originally presented it to us, I was a full convert.

While probably no big news to Rich Carlson and his merry band of canyoneers, who regularly use the voodoo, I have found very limited knowledge of the technique in the technical rescue arena. When I have shared it during classes, it always results in a “Wait, what?….Ohhhhhh” moment.

The voodoo (also known as the transport hitch) can be constructed several ways depending on available gear, knot preference and application. The basic components are (refer to the diagram below):

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Advanced Rigging Physics: Vectors & Mechanical Advantage (Trailer)-Richard Delaney


This course covers the basic physics that apply to roping systems. This course should enable technicians to develop a deeper understanding and sound approach to problem solving. Considering force and tension as vectors and finding creative ways to apply these in the field makes it so much easier to define resultants and calculate mechanical advantage in complex systems. This is the first of it’s kind so be sure to check it out.

This is the first course in the Rigging Physics series. It is discounted 50% if you have a membership. Want to be a Rigging Lab Academy Member and get 20% your Annual Membership right now?  Click here! Use Coupon Code RESCUERESPONSEGEAR

For those of you who don’t know Richard Delaney or RopeLab… RopeLab is an initiative of Richard Delaney. It is an educational entity for roping technicians. We aim to explore concepts, question dogma, test theories, understand systems and share findings with the roping world. While there is much free information on the website, detailed reports on test results and extensive physics explanations are available to RopeLab members. RopeLab also runs regular workshops to facilitate face to face learning in a social environment.

Who is this course for? Anyone who plays or works with ropes will find useful information in this course. We have members who are arborists, vertical rescue operators, rope access technicians, riggers, aerialists, entertainment riggers, tower workers, rock-climbers, canyoners, and outdoor educators… detailing basic mathematical language to extensive testings on roping equipment and systems.


Lance Piatt