Southeastern Mountain Rescue

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  1. Jeff Randall

    Jeff Randall ESEE Knives / Randall's Adventure & Training Staff Member

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    Here's a load-out list of the gear we keep available for mountain/cave/canyon rescue when we're teaching classes. With each team member loaded out the same, just about any technical rescue is possible. We've taught this "lightweight" self-contained approach for a while and have the gear narrowed down to what works.


    Personal Technical Equipment:

    · Petzl Falcon Harness

    · Helmet

    · Gloves

    · Petzl Rack

    · Headlight w/ Extra Batteries

    · Safety Lanyard (for edge work and also works to tie Radium Release Hitch)

    · Climbing System w/ QAS


    Anchor / Rescue Hardware:

    · Minimum 5 ea. Aluminum Carabiners (22kN MBS)

    · 2 ea. Micro Double Sheave Pulleys w/ Becketts

    · 2 ea. Single Sheave Prusik Minding Pulley

    · 1 ea. Micro Rigging Plate (36 kN)

    · Tricam set for ½” to 2” cracks

    · 15’ 1” Flat Webbing


    Cordage / Rope:


    · 120’ 9mm HTP static rope

    · 2 ea. Short 6mm Prusik loops

    · 2 ea. Long 6mm Prusik loops

    · 25’ ½” Webbing



    Survival Gear:

    · GPS (w/ Extra Batteries), Compass, Maps

    · Personal First Aid Kit / Toiletry

    · Pocket Folding Saw

    · Rescue knife

    · Rain Jacket

    · 2 ea. Contractor Trash Bags

    · Water / Snacks

    · Fire starter (Bic Lighter and Ferro rod)

    · Notepad / Pencil

    · Water Filter (Optional)


    Rescue Capabilities w/ Above Technical Gear


    · Set a single point anchor

    · Set a multi-point anchor (load distributing and/or load sharing)

    · Build a pull-down anchor

    · Build a “Set Of 4s” MA system

    · Build a simple mechanical advantage system: 2:1, 3:1, 5: 1, etc,

    · Build a compound mechanical advantage system

    · Build a mechanical advantage pickoff strap

    · Build a Radium Release Hitch

    · Build a belay system

    · Build a raising system

    · Build mirrored systems

    · Pass knots on raises and lowers

    · Build high directional / dynamic change of direction

    · Build a short highline

    · Build a counterbalance raising system

    · Descend / ascend mainline

    · Access a patient

    · Package a patient

    · Build improvised harness (patient harness)

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  2. SEMO

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    Nice pack.
    What does that load out weigh?
     
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    Jeff Randall ESEE Knives / Randall's Adventure & Training Staff Member

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    34 pounds with water
     
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    So what rescue knife do you recommend?
     
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    The imlay of course!
     
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    Jeff Randall ESEE Knives / Randall's Adventure & Training Staff Member

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    I'm carrying the prototype of that on my swift water vest. In this pack I'm actually carrying a Petzl folder which is ok but just a bit too dangerous to me around tensioned ropes with its pointy tip. The Imlay will eventually be made a permanent addition to this pack once we get production going. The original goal of the Imlay was more of a rope rescue knife than a water knife but it works well for both.
     
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    I'm looking forward to that one. I currently have a stainless izula strapped to my kayak vest, and would prefer the flat tip.
     
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