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Vertical Rope Skills DVD (70 minutes) of knowledge to make your trip safer and help you reach new heights

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Load Limiter and Way to Increase rope strength

Using a 3 wrap prusik like this can act as a load limiter, also it is a trick for gaining the full strength of the rope.  “You may already know a knot can weaken a rope as much as 65-70%!  Come to a clinic, or attend one of courses to learn how to do this.

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 Lost Arrow Tip1

The picture of the pinnacle with two climbers on it.  I am sitting sitting on top, looking at the guide book to see if it explains how to get back down . . . see story by following this hyperlink: “Lost Arrow Spire, Yosemite National Park.”   Yosemite is known for its high quality rock climbing.  The granite is what most granite climbs are judged by.  One will often hear, “The Yosemite quality granite . . . ,”  This Quote is from a guide book referring to the granite in Little Cottonwood Canyon, just east of Salt Lake City.  Yosemite N.P. is one of my favorite places to climb.  On this trip we were fortunate enough to climb the pinnacle and make the famous rope traverse, or Tyrolean Traverse, from the top of the spire to the rim of Yosemite Valley.  Lost Arrow Spire is just to the east of Yosemite Falls.

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings,Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”  John Muir

I do enjoy the solitude, the time for introspection, and experiencing the natural world by myself, but I also find it can an as good as, or possibly a better experience, if you have the opportunity to share it with someone else.  The poem above says how I feel quite nicely, but for over twenty five years I didn’t realize there was more to it, that helps understand John Muir and how he felt about Yosemite.

This is the full version:

Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer.  Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature’s darlings.  Climb the mountains and get their good tidings, Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but nature’s sources never fail. — John Muir —


Rappel biner wrap
A karabiner wrap can be used for rappelling. Note: learn from an instructor that is both skilled and experienced. Like most things there are a few things that will make it easier to use, and lessen the danger of using it.

When I learned to rappel, I learned from a book.  At that time and in the location I was living there were no classes, so I almost ended up in a crater at the bottom of a cliff.  The book  showed a karabiner wrap.  It didn’t point out that if you are a big person, carrying a loaded pack, or rappelling with a second person, as in a pickoff, you need to wrap it more times or add friction in some other way.   I did it just like the book showed and maybe if I had of used the same size rope as in the book, it may have worked just fine.  Again it didn’t point out what size, or type of rope to use. I didn’t even consider the fact I had purchased a 3/8″ or 8-9 mm Goldline.  Then, three twist, 7/16″ Goldline was the standard.  Kernmantle (which was often called Perlon, a brand name) rope was just coming out and not available.

We had no safety rope, and I didn’t even know it was a good idea to have a belay or safety rope.   Now, I wasn’t totally stupid, I did bring a test pilot, to make sure it really worked yep it did.  He was probably 50 pounds lighter than I, but I didn’t consider that either.    Actually, I didn’t use him for a test pilot, it only made sense to have him go first, because someone needed to show him how to hook in, talk him over the edge, etc.   Anyway, I wrapped the rope around the spine of the biner and as I stood there all alone I looked down.  Wow!  The 200 foot cliff felt and looked like a 1,000 feet.  I leaned back and started to walk backwards over the edge, and started sliding too fast, or at least too fast for my liking.

Einstein Freedom-

That’s when I was introduced to a High Risk Survival challenge, the “cop out” mode.  It seems when we do something more intense, more frightening, or technically challenging then we are used to, or our minds have not been trained to deal with, it starts looking for the answer, when reasonable answers don’t fit, it looks at other ideas.  For more information on this see “Mental Training Article.”   In my case, I didn’t know I could have used my hip for more friction, so I frantically looked for something else that made sense?   All of sudden I knew the answer, “It was a bad dream!”   Yep!  That’s it.   Just let go and go back to sleep!  If it is a bad dream, I will fall out of bed or something, and wake up.”  It still frightens me to think of how close I came to doing just that. Fortunately, I was able to squeeze the rope with my hands, tight enough to get down without injury, but I had gripped the rope so tightly I could not open my hands for several minutes after I was down.  If I had understood the principles behind it, it would have been quite different.

Can you identify this knot? 

At first glance many believe so.  This knot is very much like many other knots, in that it looks like a correctly tied one.  Did you know knots weaken ropes?  A knotKnot

weakens a rope from about twenty percent to as much as fifty percent!  That means, your thousand pound strong rope is now only five hundred pounds strong.  Add dynamics (movement) like falling on it, and your rope just let you down—all the way to the ground.  Check out our knot page for the answer to this question, and more information, the correct way to tie some good knots and an assortment of knots to cover most situations.  Also, please note a good instructor increases the speed of learning, and you learn more too.  Plus it improves your safety.

Rose Hip 2Rose hips are editable:

Peel the outer fruit and discard the seeds, stems, etc. This is just ripe, it will turn darker red and get wrinkled, but it will still be good.  We find these even in January. They provide vitamin C, and are one of the few editable things you can find in the winter.  In the winter they tend to look like a raisin, in that they get wrinkly, but they still taste good and are good.  They make a good tea.  Just boil them to suit your taste, and add some honey.

Poison Ivy can ruin you whole day.

In a dry climate it is not as bad as the more humid ones, but be  careful just the same. The best way I know topoison ivy

“Leaves of three, let it be . . .”

identify it is to look for the broad leafs, and see if they are connected in sections of three.  ”Leaves of three, let it be . . .” is a phrase to help remember it by. They turn reddish colored, and have white seeds tool.


This is one of my favorite quotes from Albert Einstein,

“I am not  an expert at anything, but I am intensely curious about everything.”  —  Albert Einstein.


At the risk of sounding a little self important, ”I heard that and felt like it hit home.  I am not an expert at much of anything, but I surely am intensely curious about everything!”   WITH THAT QUOTE IN MIND, PLEASE NOTE:   I am writing many of these piece by piece, unedited.  Also I don’t know it all, but I have learn quite a few things over the past years.   Just the same, if you read something that sounds off, or is off, it may be due to not be finished or edited.  Of course, it could be a mistake too.  Please let me know if it is a mistake so I can fix it.   It is always a risk sharing things, exposing efforts, however good, or bad; to friends, colleagues, associates, and others who will see the mistakes, and problems, as well as the good parts.  I believe readers nowadays are quite well educated and hopefully, realize that eventually you have to go to press, dispite errors.  Do feel free to comment, or share ways I can improve the services.   Please refer to my other services page:    ”Other Services available through Hansen Specialty Services”,  to get an idea of other services we have to offer.  You can contact me at: Doug@HansenSpecialtyServices.com  or by calling 385-227-6080


What makes our services different, as good as, or possibly better than what other offer???

“It is Principle based.”    We originated this approach.  I am noticing more and more people saying their classes are principle based.  Great!  It is an excellent way to communicate.  Although most are technique based.   So what’s the difference?   Well, when I was young I found people would teach me things, but after they did I still didn’t feel I understood or really knew how to do it.  After some time I started noticing that when I learned the principle(s) behind the technique(s) I really felt that I did know and understand it.   Principles are what the techniques are based on.  For example:  The principle behind Rappelling.  Most know an ATC, Tuber, GriGri, Figure of 8, Munter hitch, karabiner wrap or a number of other techniques will work for rappelling, but why do they work?  The principle behind rappelling is creating enough friction to slow your descent to the point you can slide down the rope to the ground without being hurt.  The difference between the technique and the principle is: “Ways, Means, Methods and Techniques Change, Principles never do.”

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