Most people now acknowledge that perfectly equalised anchors are virtually impossible to achieve, especially once a system is subjected to any significant loading. The ‘Sliding-X’ anchor was a hot topic of discussion in the 1990’s and several
Rope climbing competitions have traditionally been a fun part of roping conferences and events. These events are simple. The fastest time recorded for climbing a defined length of vertical rope is the winner. Sometimes there are subtle
In early 2016, I wrote a short piece on Fall Factors. It is published as the article, Fall Factor. It was a brief article with a standard definition and a discussion of each of the following scenarios.
Tension load cells are not new, however traditionally they have either been heavy steam-gauge style machines or complex combinations of electrical components that seem more at home in a science lab than out on a roping job.
Pendulums present an interesting study of physics for rope technicians. A simple pendulum is made up of a point mass suspended by a string or rod of negligible mass. In rope systems, the the mass of the swinging