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INSTRUCTOR-LEVEL - THE ART OF CLEAN RIGGING

In keeping with “The ART of Clean Rigging" paradigm, RTR is renowned for their teaching of practical rigging principles with understanding through teaching skill, state of the art visual aids and written material. While seemingly complex at first, they foster the understanding necessary to enhance the instructor's ability to communicate the ‘ART-FORM’. At left, Luke Thorne using a high angle deflected offset at a major waterfall near Bend, Oregon. At right, Seattle Fire Ladder 7 crews during a binary frame “pick & skate” operation off the seaport cranes using the Arizona Vortex. Get instructor-level training from the co-designer of the Arizona Vortex, Reed Thorne.

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BREATHTAKING VENUES

The stunning venues that RTR has amassed for all of its worldwide 'ART of Clean Rigging' workshops in the USA, Canada, Scotland, England, Japan, Australia and New Zealand has students coming back for repeat participation and rigging study. From bridging Athabasca Falls in Alberta (shown), to the Auckland Sky Tower (NZ), to the Seattle Space Needle, to Progressive Field stadium and ASM Geodesic Dome in Cleveland, to the canyonlands or Sedona (AZ), to the historic copper mine town of Jerome (AZ), to the over 700’ high Forest Hill Bridge in Auburn (CA) RTR has access to some of the most awesome venues for its programs.

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LINEMEN TRANSMISSION LINE RESCUE & ROPE ACCESS

Reed Thorne of RTR originally pioneered the usage of rope access techniques on power transmission lines within the US. His illustrations (left) are used by power delivery utilities to enhance their training and procedure manuals with every detail shown. The photo shows the culmination of this rope access procedure in 2020 which Thorne personally taught to PG&E ‘towermen’ on 500kv power lines in California.

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TREE RESCUE FOR FIREFIGHTERS

Trees present difficult rescue solutions as they are a foreign environment to emergency personnel. In a way, they are very much like tower rescue in that they begin at the bottom with the victim or casualty high up in the branches. How can a firefighter gain access from the ground to this elevated location and get the person needing rescue down? Even better than that, how can this be done safely and in a timely fashion? These are the basic components of the Tree Rescue Workshop— Firefighter. The TRW-F is a rescue class for fire and emergency services—not for arborists. We employ techniques, rope and equipment that would be found on a rescue truck.

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WHO DO WE TEACH

RTR offers rope rescue training to Firefighters, Search and Rescue, Emergency Response Teams, Industry, Mining, Linemen, Rope Access Technicians and anyone who has a need to work and rescue from heights and depth.


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TWO-TENSIONED ROPE SYSTEMS

Two-tensioned rope systems are a tool and learning when and when not to use them is paramount. In this RTR photo of a Team Skills Rescue Workshop program in Alberta you can see rescue practitioners using an AZORP head on a single focused pine tree as a central “bombproof” anchor for the TTRS.

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STRUCTURAL-TOWER & INDUSTRIAL ROPE TRAINING

Whether it is industrial rope access training or working on rope, or rescue training from structural or tower environments, RTR has open enrollment workshops to suit this need all over the world. These are not your shorter programs where only the minimum material is covered to suffice government regulations, but rather an in-depth, instructor-level, 7 full days going through lectures and field exercises to foster understanding though practical physics and rigging theory. These programs are designed to bring your rope access or rescue teachers up to instructor level so that this important information can be relayed by them safely. RTR also does many on-site programs for industry and rope access teams. In this photo, the 730’ high Forest Hill Bridge near Auburn, CA is a backdrop for a very long tracking line high angle offset for an RTR workshop

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  • ART OF CLEAN RIGGING
  • EXTREME VENUES
  • LINEMAN TRAINING
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  • WHO WE TEACH
  • ADVANCED RIGGING
  • INDUSTRIAL & TOWER RESCUE

Our Expertise: The Vertical Realm

"The ART of Clean Rigging" - The rigging school based out of Sedona, in the rugged highlands of northern Arizona, USA

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INSTRUCTOR-LEVEL ROPE RIGGING TRAINING - Ropes That Rescue is historically known for teaching the science and art for the practical application of rigging in a multiplicity of differing workshops, all seven full days in length. Learn the ARTFORM of "Clean Rigging" that will insure you come away with the understanding of not only WHAT you believe, but also more importantly, WHY you believe it. Programs are held in several US States, Canada, England and Scotland, Japan and also down under in Australia and New Zealand. Ropes That Rescue can also train at your agency or location with any style program needed to fit your training needs.

Also, once every year in late fall, RTR offers a seven day long "Advanced Anchoring Analysis & Beyond the Barn Floor Seminar" (AAA-BTBF) in either Arizona or Maryland on advanced physics, mathmatics and trigonometry used for solving problems associated with rigging. This seminar is not a true workshop and is only offered to RTR alumni at this time.

THE ARIZONA VORTEX

The ARIZONA VORTEX (or AZV) is so named from its development in the rugged highlands of northern Arizona’s Oak Creek Canyon through the rigging and rescue school, Ropes That Rescue. Reed Thorne, the school’s owner developed the AZV with the help of Rock Thompson at Rock Exotica, in Utah. The AZV was created from years of trial and error and of having worked with crude but functional lashed wood frames at RTR. It represents the essence of at-the-edge frames which no standard tripod can match today.

The ARIZONA VORTEX is manufactured from T-6 aluminum by Thompson Manufacturing Inc. (Rock Exotica) in Clearfield, Utah and is one of the most versatile and state of the art artificial high directional (AHD) available to rescue and rope access in industry. With training from Ropes That Rescue (the "Arizona" designer), you may use this frame in a variety of ways and in any number of environments from industry to wilderness. It is ideal for confined space rescue, mine rescue, cliff rescue and industrial rescue. It is also well suited to bridge inspectors, rope access, the construction trades and the movie industry.
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