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The Physics of Rope Rescue Operations

By Mike Donahue There’s one portion in the discipline of rope rescue that I think is overlooked and, honestly, fascinating: The physics behind everything we rig. Understanding what systems to build to when to build them is one thing, but there’s more to these choices. When I first began studying rope rescue, I was provided a solid foundation on which I could build. I’m never really satisfied with what I know; I always want to know more. It wasn’t until I became interested in the physics behind what we do that I realized what I had been missing. Physics plays the most vital role in our rigging operations; it’s the true safety factor within we must work. The recommendations that National F...

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