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Improvising Anchor Points

By Mike Donahue In technical rope rescue, anchor points are the foundation of everything you do. Without them, you cannot accomplish anything. From the day you learn to tie your first knot in training, two terms are embedded in your head: “bombproof” and “questionable.” Those two words refer to the strength rating of a particular anchor point. Unfortunately, what tends to happen is anchor points become a black-and-white component of an operation that is full of many different components. You’re trained to look at a possible anchor point and say “bombproof” or “questionable.” If it’s bombproof, you’re good to go. If it’s questionable, you need to back it up. Unless someone shows you, then...

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