On Saturday February 23, KISAR members set up a high-line litter lowering system for complicated cliff rescue near Fort Abercrombie State Park Ram Site under the guidance of John Sikes. We established the tension-adjustable high line which acted as a tram cable the suspended litter and litter attendant traveled down. A main line controlled the rate of descent and a belay line provided a backup. It represented a more complicated rescue scenario than we would typically expect, but offered a lot of interesting rigging challenges and concepts that John expertly walked the members through. Excellent weather and a beautiful site to practice made the training a lot of fun.
Rigging the suspended litter:
Main line friction system with a Purcell prusik adjustable stop:
Belay line using a VT prusik:
One of the anchors for the 5:1 z-pull for tensioning the high line with a VT prusik brake:
Descending the high line: