Archived here are a series of handouts you can use while teaching rope related skills to your students. The handouts are divided by topic to make it easier to find them. More will be added over time, and readers are encouraged to submit handouts so they can be used by other teachers and students (contact us)! Feel free to use the handouts as is, or modify them to fit your specific needs.
- Finger Angle Estimation
This file shows how to use your hands to estimate the angles in your rigging. Hands are photographed and the angles measured to show you how accurate you can get estimating angles using your hands alone!
- Haul System Variations
This file includes a suite of variations on haul systems- everything from traditional systems to systems improvised with gear on hand. The file is useful for teaching how to improvise systems with the equipment on hand, so this file is more useful in teaching simple haul systems for small party assisted rescue or for mountain rescue, but can be used in any rescue course.
- An Introduction to Simple Haul Systems
Many riggers need to use haul systems to raise equipment or patients. This documents discuss how to build simple haul systems (1:1, 2:1, 3:1, and 4:1's), and how to rig them in different configurations. The full document explains many ways of building each of these systems. In addition, here are the two PowerPoint files used to make the figures (Figure 1, Figures 2-6). Feel free to use the PowerPoint files to build your own teaching and learning materials by copy and pasting systems or system components.
- An Introductory Guide to Carabiners (Note: This file has been updated, so this is the second version)
This is a 20 page review of nearly everything you need to know about carabiners. The point of this document is to put as much information about carabiners in one place, so new users and experienced users can learn how to get the most out of their equipment.
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