VT Instructions

Designed by Rich Carlson and manufactured by BlueWater Ropes, the VT Prusik features a super tough, heat resistant Technora aramid sheath over durable nylon core strands. The core in this kernmantle design keeps the VT from flattening and binding up. The VT performs well when used for ascending, self-belay while rappelling, as a traveling rope grab or in conjunction with a Prusik minding pulley in haul systems.

VT Instructions – 8mm

VT Instructions – 7mm

Totem Instructions

The original Totem is the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of rigging devices. Deceptively simple looking, the Totem is remarkably versatile. Use it for belaying, releasable rigging and hauling systems, or as a rigging plate. Use it for rappelling – it’s simple to add friction mid-rappel and simple to lock off. You can even ascend with it.

Totem Instructions

VT Prusik Video

The VT Prusik – designed by Rich Carlson and made by BlueWater – is an indispensable tool for rope work. In this video Rich explains and demonstrates just a few of its many uses.

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Tail Up – Prepared for Rescue

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We know it makes sense to rig releasable contingencies when we anticipate a rescue will likely involve lowering. But what about those times when rescue is more likely to involve hauling? An example might be rappelling into a pit that has no exit at the bottom when your exit plan is ascending.

In this video Rich takes a look at some contingency rigging options when you rig “Tail Up”.

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Lifts & Shifts

Your partner is stuck on the rope and needs help. Perhaps you could haul them all the way back up to the top or lower them all the way to the bottom. OR … You could use the simple lift and shift techniques that Rich describes and demonstrates in this video.

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Canyon Cordelette

The CRT HauLine (aka Canyon Cordelette) has been around for a number of years. Rich originally came up with the idea while teaching Boy Scout leaders how to do pick-offs with Purcell Prusiks. More recently it occurred to him that the CRT HauLine could be used to make a sort of “poor man’s version” of the Petzl JAG system.

Two versions available: 18 ft with a sewn eye on one end or 36 ft with a sewn eye on each end.

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