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This is an on-going work in progress, so please understand the less than perfect details.  I will blame it on Gremlins..


New Articles: 

In the Knowledge Section, under New Publications

Winter Camping and Winder Fun-damentals.winter-camping

This article speaks about ideas and ways to make winter camping fun, and safe.   Hypothermia, the number one killer of the outdoor recreationalist is covered in depth, Diet, fluid intake, clothing, the layering system, PEE bottles, and other ways to deal with nature.   Some great ideas for the skilled outdoorsman, or just learning adventurer.


In the “See You At The Top” Section:

“Caught in the Act, or an easy way to make a BIG difference . . .”


In the “New Articles or Knowledge base” section:

The First Ascent of Back Off!, a frozen waterfallbackoff-2Comp

Back Off!, with two climbers approaching the top of the first pitch. Shown here in prime condition, although conditions change; as details reveal in an account of the first ascent, in 70’s.   Check out the article about how its name was chosen in the article about it, which also includes some tips for ice climbing.  Photo by: John Ross


My tongue stuck to it, like I was putting it on a frozen steel pipe.  Click here to learn about the winter safety and survival skills.

Climbers approaching Windy Corner, Mt. McKinley

I stuck out my tongue to touch on of the icicles hanging from my mustache. It froze it as if I were putting my tongue on an ice cold steel pipe in the middle of winter.

Denali, the great one, as the natives called it. In the lower 48 it is better known as McKinley, 20,320 ft. “The Coldest Mountain on Earth.” Actually climbing Denali, is like climbing a twenty-three or twenty-four thousand foot peak in other locations. This is due to its close proximity to the North Pole and the Coriolis effect, which thins out the atmosphere near the poles. Climbers approaching Windy Corner, about 14,000 feet. We figured that with the temperature was about -145 degrees when you figured in wind chill. The wind was so intense it would knock you off you feet and you would go sliding down the mountain. Luckily, we were tied together with a rope, which served two purposes: 1. to allow your partners to stop you from hitting the bottom of a hidden crevasse, or stop a fall down the icy slope.

Wind Chill Factor Chart

With winter approaching, this will be of interest to many.



We have put together sections that are informative & educational, as well as for obtaining consultation or training, for purchasing and learning about equipment.    Also you will find information about some of the specialty projects we have been involved with:  For example:  here’s a check list you may find useful:  Wilderness-Check-List     Like this one ==> *Below you Wilderness Check Listwill find a list of some of our offering, various articles, papers, studies, equipment, and services.  Feel free to read them, use them, *share them, and comment on them.   Many of the services we are offering are free of charge, and others, products and services, are being sold to help support this web site.


Introduction to Hansen Specialty Services


Avalanche Skills: An article written for Emergency Magazine. A good overview and discussion of the principles and techniques of forecasting and rescue. You will find four key departments or sections:

Information: Instruction, Education,Training, and Seminars.  “School Teaches The Rules, Experience Teaches The Exceptions To The Rules.”   Knowledge is like a key to your dreams, or other endeavors.  Whether it is knowledge about the gear you have chosen, skills about the wilderness, or details about your trip; it is always well worth the investment of time in learning, planning, and preparing for your adventures. 

◊ Equipment and Gear Evaluations: Specialty gear for working, playing, and exploring the vertical and wilderness quality-adenvironments.  “Maximum Efficiency and Simplicity, with a Minimum of Effort and Equipment, While Allowing for a Reasonable Safety Margin.”  Choosing the right gear for the situation can save money, time, energy, and maybe even your life.  Gear featured in this section has be chosen for a number of reasons, which include: Performance, Cost (not just the price you pay), Function, Versatility, Quality, Durability in relationship with its designed purpose, and others.  We also have taken an extra step on each piece of gear to explain its pro’s and con’s, ways to use it effectively, sizing, and much more.  Ultimately, it is our objective to assist you in making your adventure successful, fun, and safe.  

◊ Specialty Projects:  Various Projects, Rescues, Expeditions, and other endeavors.  A sampling of project we have been associated with, to give you an idea of how we may be able to assist you with one of you adventures.

  As Helen Keller said, “Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.” Ad,WP Ad,Ipage


◊ Misc. Thoughts, Ideas, and Comments:   You will various items about life, philosophy, goals, and other’s thoughts, ideas, and comments in our, “See You At The Top!” section.


New Articles, Thoughts, and Information

ITRS 2001 PULLEY, RESULTANTS SHOW FINISHEDArticles, tests , and other information we have published recently.   “Knots in a Dynamic Situation (Strength reductions in rope, webbing, etc. due to applying a load at different speeds),”  Climbing Lost Arrow Spire, Yosemite Valley,”  The Tao or Philosophy of Survival. and more. 

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Wilderness Citizenship

When you have learn the skills required to travel into the wilderness, day or night, winter or summer, good weather or bad, and be at home, you have arrived.  You have attained your “Wilderness Citizenship”


Previously Published Work 

More in the Hansen Specialty Menu

Articles, tests, and other information previously published in Books,  Magazines: “Summit, Off Belay, On Sight, and Other Climbing and Mountaineering Magazines,”  Journals: “Emergency, EMS journal,  Training manuals, etc.,” and DVD’s: “Vertical Ropes Skills, Just Tie it!, and others,  Video’s: Vertical Rope Rescue Skills, Vertical Rope Skills, and others,” Power Points: “EMS Professional Journal, Resultant Forces and Angles of Force, Natural Hazard Evaluation, and others.   

To the right is a feature article on getting the most life from your climbing rope.  It discusses a system to help determine if it is time to retire your rope, types of ropes, and other principles.

To the left is the DVD “Vertical Rope Skills,”  it is available on line , or by contacting us by phone or email. 719-293-3531 or Sales@HansenSpecialtyServices.com  Anyone who uses technical rope gear should have this knowledge.  Going to take a class or course?  Watching the DVD first will assist you in grasping far more during the training. 

This section contains many articles dealing with the mountains, safety climbing, rescue, and much more.


 See You At The Top!

(This link will take you to one of the articles, but go to the Hansen Specialty Menu for more  More in the Hansen Specialty Menu.)

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Food for thought . . .

Thoughts, articles, pictures, ideas and more about life and living it.   Please be advised, the opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily  the same as ours, but we felt there is  value in them; either good information, or a different opinion, to stretch your thoughts. For example: Einstein said, “Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it.  Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality.  It can be no other way.  This is not philosophy.  This is physics.”   This may or may not fit your picture, but knowing it, or knowing others feel or think this way, can be of value.  Also in this section, check out the piece about our Universe.  The Universe Defined.  It goes from earth, to the moon looking back at earth, to the planets looking back at earth, to the milky way looking, and so on to the edge of the known universe.  Then back down to the earth, to a plant, to a drop of water, then cells with in it, then DNA, all the way down to Quarks, the smallest known thing in the Universe.  Quarks may be the building blocks to our goals.  Science has found that our thoughts control and affect their behavior.

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Safety Notice: 

Communication can be a fickle thing.  With this in mind please make sure you fully understand what is be talked about or explained.  AND even then, don’t attempt any of the things on this website, without consulting a skilled instructor.  And use safety systems, backups, and other methods to protect you from the consequences of making a mistake.  “TO ERR IS HUMAN, BUT THE MOUNTAINS AND/OR TECHNICAL ENVIRONMENT SELDOM FORGIVE . . .”   They can cause serious injury and/or even death.  Please climb safe today, so you get the opportunity to climb again tomorrow. . .

Thoughts about the risks involved with mountaineering, from Edward Whymper, who ascended the Matterhorn, along with others, for the first time it had been climbed:  

“Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are nought without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime.  Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end.”— Edward Whymper —


Safety Notices and Recalls:  FALLGCLM

As a public service to our clientele and others, we have sponsored “Safety Notices and Recalls” Click the Safety Notices and Recalls title to get there   This page is about potential and actual safety concerns and problems.  Please feel free to let us know about ones we have not listed or how we can change it to better serve its purpose.



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