Episode 7 – Myths in Rope Rescue (Part I of III)

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Rope rescue myths often start from a place of truth and evolve into misinformation over time. In this episode of the CMC Podcast hosted by Doug McElmury, CMC School instructors discuss some of the common myths that are prevalent in rope rescue including carabiner gate orientation, metal on metal and rope system configurations during edge transitions.

Topics Discussed:

2:12 Myth 1: When you have a screw gate carabiner in the vertical axis you must always have it so the gate opening is at the bottom.

5:30 Myth 2: When you have two carabiners connected to the same thing the gates need to be opposite and opposed.

11:00 Myth 3: How you load webbing into an offset D carabiner.

15:18 Myth 4: No metal on metal.

21:58 Myth 5: Stay with dedicated main and dedicated belay and don’t use TTRS because of edge transitions.

39:30 If something doesn’t make sense, is ‘why’ a bad question to ask?


22:28 Mike Gibbs and Kevin Koprek – Two Tension or not to Tension:

22:28 2015 ITRS Mike Gibbs – Mirrored Systems:

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