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ALASKA VENUES
City of Juneau, AK
Meet the Instructor: Reed Thorne

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  • The City of Juneau, Alaska taken from Mount Roberts Tramway. Douglas Island is beyond the Gastineau Channel near the down down area. Travis Mead of the Capital City Fire Department is facilitating the programs going forward. Juneau offers specatacular venues including steep and high angle cliff terrain and also glacier ice! They also have many industrial vanues including the tramway. 

  • Closeup View of Juneau area.

    This is an artists rendition of the Juneau area showing the Mendenhall Glacier, Auke Bay where the airport is located, and also Gastineau Channel and Douglas Island. 

  • Broad View of Juneau area

    This is an artists rendition of the Juneau area showing the Mendenhall Glacier, Auke Bay where the airport is located, and also Gastineau Channel and Douglas Island. 

  • Gastineau Channel at Juneau, AK taken from the Mount Roberts Tramway. Douglas Island is to the west (right) of the Channel. 

  • The fishing village of Auke Bay. The Juneau International Airpiort students will be likely flying into is located near here.

  • In Downtown Juneau , Auke Bay and on Douglas Island there are multiple good eating establishments with local micro breweries like this one.: Forbidden Peak Brewery in Auke Bay.  

  • Students built a "Bombproof" Rigging Pod on top of a cliff face near Mendenhall Visitor Center. Students ran the main line and the belay line off the same anchor pod so special precautions needed to in place to allow that to happen. 

  • Working with the Arizona Vortex as an SA-Frame near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center

  • Students built a "Bombproof" Rigging Pod on top of a cliff face near Mendenhall Visitor Center. Students ran the main line and the belay line off the same anchor pod so special precautions needed to in place to allow that to happen. 

  • Working with the Arizona Vortex as an SA-Frame near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center

  • A  leaning "lazy" leg SA-Frame at the Caprial City Fire Dept. Training Center

  • A  leaning "lazy" leg SA-Frame at the Caprial City Fire Dept. Training Center

  • Interior stairwell operation using Arizonas Vortex

  • A deflection line offset (also with separate belay line) at the Mount Roberts Tram. Here the litter and attendant approach the main line side which uses an Arizona Vortex high directional. The offset was operated from the same side as the main line, however the belay for the deflection was operated at the anchor bipod (opposite side from main). 

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  • There is plenty to climb around on at the Mount Roberts Aerial Tram. Thumbs UP indeed!

  • A very short rigging bipod using Arziona Vortex lashed to steel at the Mount Roberts Tram. The Vortex bipod was rigged as "bombproof" to allow the deflection and the deflection belay to be run off the same anchor. The deflection was operated in and out from the oposite side where the miain line was operated.

  • The Mount Roberts Gondola coming up the mountain from Juneau far below. 

  • A deflection line offset (also with separate belay line) at the Mount Roberts Tram. Here the litter and attendant approach the main line side which uses an Arizona Vortex high directional. The offset was operated from the same side as the main line, however the belay for the deflection was operated at the anchor bipod (opposite side from main). 

  • Bombproof Rigging Pod at Tram.... We ran both the 1) deflection pulley system off of this pod 2) the main line pulley system

  • A great deflection line offset at the Mount Roberts Tram with an added belay line on both the deflection and main line side. 

  • Brenwynne Grigg of Capital City Fire & Rescue was instrumental in getting this Juneua program off the ground this year with Travis Mead.

  • Ropes That Rescue "Adopt-A-Highway" on Hwy 89A

    RTR has been 'sponsoring' (Adopt-A-Highway) a two mile section of Arizona scenic highway 89-A in Oak Creek Canyon since 1993. This beautiful scenic section is just above Midgley Bridge and includes a spectacular vista of the red rock Mitten Ridge and famous Teapot Rock (just behind the right sign post). 

  • This John William Waterhouse painting illustrates Alfred Tennyson's poem The Lady of Shalott. Draped over the boat is the fabric the lady wove in a tower near Camelot. But she brought a curse on herself by looking directly at Sir Lancelot. With her right hand she lets go of the chain mooring the boat. Her mouth is slightly open, as she sings 'her last song'. She stares at a crucifix lying in front of her. Beside it are three candles, often used to symbolize life. Two have blown out. This suggests her life will end soon, as she floats down the river.

    From Reed Thorne: The classic Brittish Pre-Raphaelite style John William Waterhouse painting of The Lady of Shalott from the Tenneyson Poem. The painting is my favorite classical piece found in the Tate Museum in London. I stood in awe of it when I visited the Tate in 1974.