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NORTHERN ARIZONA VENUES
(Prescott, Sedona, Prescott Valley, Central Yavapai, Chino Valley and Jerome)
Meet the Instructors: Reed Thorne, Luke Thorne and Keith Thorne

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  • It is final day seven so it is Hawaiian Shirt Day at Prescott's Granite Dells during the 2014 AHDW (Artificial High Directional Workshop). This day we set up a combo A frame/SA frame AHD a the "High Rappel Dell" climbing area. Senior RTR Instructor, Reed Thorne, top left (with the long hair). Senior RTR instructor, Reed Thorne is top left and RTR Assistant RTR Instructor, Keith Thorne, fourth from right.

  • Wide shot of the beautiful Granite Dells near Prescott AZ.

    It is final day seven so it is Hawaiian Shirt Day at Prescott's Granite Dells during the 2014 AHDW (Artificial High Directional Workshop). This day we set up a combo A frame/SA frame AHD a the "High Rappel Dell" climbing area.

  • The downtown Pioneer Square of historic Prescott is the setting for many day/night time activities. Famous "Whiskey Row" adjoins the square as well. Many fine bistros, breweries, fine restaurants and a number of espresso bars also encircle the area. Here, it is appraoching Christmas with the tree in the square all lit up with differing colored lights. The nightlife in Prescott is unparalleled!

  • Luke Thorne (blue jacket/yellow helmet) oversees the far side of our highline at Deception Gulch near Jerome during OHRW (Offest Highline Rescue Workshop) in 2014. Prescott liaison, Kevin Keith (far right) also assists with the intricate rigging on the far side. Lots of rock pro to set! Kevin is an accomplished climber. Mike DeCraene on the left.

  • Our Jerome Fire venue is Station 1 in downtown historic Jerome, AZ. Chief Rusty Blair is always laying out the welcome mat for RTR programs! Upstairs is the meeting room with lots of comfortable recliners. Photo by Bill Brookins.

  • RTR Assistant instructors, Keith Thorne (left) and Luke Thorne (right) look on during program in Jerome. AZ. Luke is studying engineering in college. Keith wants to be a fire fighter for an area fire agency. Both are great instructors!

  • A sideways A frame set up for our highline at Deception Gulch near Jerome during OHRW (Offest Highline Rescue Workshop) in 2014. Note the uplift carriage at the rear leg of the Vortex. Magnificent Verde Valley and Sedona in the distance. 

  • Far side of our highline at Deception Gulch near Jerome during OHRW (Offest Highline Rescue Workshop) in 2014. A fine gin pole and twin trackline Kootenay carriages with Rock UFO. 

  • The highline at Deception Gulch near Jerome during OHRW (Offest Highline Rescue Workshop) in 2014. 

  • A sideways spreader bar using the Arizona Vortexc and AZORP head for our highline at Deception Gulch near Jerome during OHRW (Offest Highline Rescue Workshop) in 2014. All held by AZTEK's. 

  • Del Miller from Mississippi as "control" on our highline at Deception Gulch near Jerome during OHRW (Offest Highline Rescue Workshop) in 2014. The AZORP rigging pod in the foreground is our focal point.

  • The abandoned Jerome Hotel upper floors are a perfect place to practice with the Arzona Vortex Doortex during the 2014 IRW (Industrial Rescue Workshop). There is a four floor elevator shaft and a dumb waiter chute wich are perfect for this rigging. Jamb poles and many uses of the AZORP from ROCK EXOTICA are utilized here. Photo by Bill Brookins of Central Yavapai Fire

  • The abandoned Jerome Hotel upper floors are a perfect place to practice with the Arzona Vortex Doortex. There is a four floor elevator shaft and a dumb waiter chute wich are perfect for this rigging. Jamb poles and many uses of the AZORP from ROCK EXOTICA are utilized here. Here the added "Sedona Penetrator" is used with the AZORP during the 2014 IRW (Industrial Rescue Workshop)

  • Bill Brookins of Central Yavapai Fire took this shot of the Jerome street out in front of thre Jerome Hotel where we had just completed our Doortex evolution. Reed's 1983 Toyota Land Cruiser is in front with the red mining flag.

  • Photo by Bill Brookins of Central Yavapai Fire

  • Interesting rigging at Granite Creek Gorge downstrem of the Watson Lake Dam during the 2014 TSRW (Team Skills Rescue Workshop) with the Arizona Vortex. The AZ Vortex was developed by Reed Thorne and Rock Thompson of ROCK EXOTICA in the mountains of Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona. The AZORP, seen here, is Reed's latest creation as an accessory to the AZV.

  • Interesting rigging during Prescott TSRW (Team Skills Rescue Workshop) with the Arizona Vortex at Prescott's Granite Dells. The AZ Vortex was developed by Reed Thorne and Rock Thompson of ROCK EXOTICA in the mountains of Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona. The AZORP, seen here, is Reed's latest creation as an accessory to the AZV.

  • Lance Mills of Prescott Fire is our boatman during the 2014 IRW (Industrial Rescue Workshop) on Watson Lake in the Granite Dells. The students are headed to Watson Lake Dam for our final day of this class. 

  • Japanese student and mountaineer, Yashihito Kuriyama, working on Arizona Vortex SA frame during custom 2014 RTR program at the Granite Dells Pavillion Wall climging area. 

  • A tracking line operation above Granite Creek below Watson Dam at Prescott's Granite Dells during the 2014 Prescott, AZ IRW (Industrial Rescue Workshop). RTR Assistant Instructor, Keith Thorne operates opposite side from dam.

  • Photo by Bill Brookins of Central Yavapai Fire

  • A tracking line operation above Granite Creek below Watson Dam at Prescott's Granite Dells during the 2014 Prescott, AZ IRW (Industrial Rescue Workshop). RTR Assistant Instructor, Keith Thorne operates opposite side from dam. Photo by Bill Brookins of Central Yavapai Fire

  • A photo from Bill Brookins while he was riding in the litter on a long tracking line from the bottom of Watson Lake Dam

  • Japanese students working during custom 2014 advanced RTR program at the Watson Lake Dam. Here, we used three full Arizona Vortex kits (see three gin pole orange heads) to construct the very first "Watson Frame" (named after the dam) which is a luffing A frame/SA frame combination over the edge of the dam. See two students over the edge in/on litter. The third AZ Vortex kit was used at the far left beyond the hand railing to construct an elaborate A frame rigging pod where we mounted the multiple pulley systems used for the luffing and raising and lowering of the rescue package.

  • Final Hawaiian Shirt Day shot from Bill Brookins during the Prescott Valley 2014 IRW (Industrial Rescue Workshop) on Watson Lake Dam.

  • Students in the Granite Dells practicing personal on rope skills during 2014 PSRW (Personal Skills Rescue Workshop)

  • Students, overseen by RTR Instructor Luke Thorne (Yellow helmet), at the Granite Dells' "High Rappel Dell" climbing area practicing personal on rope skills during 2014 PSRW (Personal Skills Rescue Workshop)

  • Japanese students during custom Prescott AHDW (Artificial High Directional Workshop) training at the Prescott Fire Training Center in 2014 where they used the Arizona Vortex and AZORP head to position the main line with pulley system. 

  • At the Granite Dells "Pavillion Wall" 2014 AHDW (Artificial High Directional Workshop), students erected a Skyhook Capstan Winch stand with the use of an AZ Vortex. The winch is operated with a cordless 28volt drill. 

  • During the Prescott Valley 2014 IRW (Industrial Rescue Workshop) at the Central Yavapai Regional Training Center (CYRTA), students used an  Arizona Vortex gin pole upside down from the rafters to perform an operation off the edge of the fire training tower. The CYRTA is an awesome venue for the IRW each year. 

  • During the Prescott Valley 2014 IRW (Industrial Rescue Workshop) at Tim's Toyota, students used the Arizona Vortex to perform a two rope offset high above the floor on structural steel. Here, I cantilevered A frame with extensive guying is the take off point for the litter. 

  • During the Prescott Valley 2014 IRW (Industrial Rescue Workshop) at Tim's Toyota, students used two full kits of the Arizona Vortex to make a double A frame. The exercise called for lowering the litter and attendant from the far A frame for a litter scoop, then raising both up, over the top under both frames, and then tunring the evacuation into a skate block to the floor below. 

  • Lowering the litter into the rescue boat after a tracking line extrication from the downstream side of Watson Lake Dam. Photo by Bill Brookins of Central Yavapai Fire

  • Photo by Bill Brookins of Central Yavapai Fire