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Introduction to our Site:

We have several sections to meet your needs and interests.DVD FRONT COVER

  • Hansen Specialty Services Offering:
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        • High Angle Technologies
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          • Work at Height and Fall Protection Training and Certification
            • Required training for anyone working at height. OSHA
          • Technical Rope Rescue Training and Certification
      • Natural Hazard Evaluation and Mitigation:Vertical Rope SkillsUntitled-1
        • Rock and Boulder Fall, and Buttress Collapse.
        • Avalanche Forecasting, and Control
      • Specialty Products
      • Specialty Services.
  • Educational information (Current Information and Articles)
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    • Photos of various projects, classes, the out of doors, climbing, and other interesting things.

Contact Us:

Phone:  385-414-9294 or 719-285-5733

Email: Sales@HansenSpecialtyServices.com

About Us:   Click here to learn more about our background and our some of our prior projects.


The Following is a Sampling of Items on Our Site.

Safety is?

A new article about the many aspects of safety, and determining whether you are reasonably safe.  The fact is, there is no such thing as safe, only  situations where there is less Risk Exposure.  Learn how to actually rate your Risk Exposure, and much more.


♣Presentations, Lectures, Seminars, and Training Available:

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The “ART” of building up-side down pyramids

These are available at NO CHARGE and For a Fee, contact us for details.   Technical Rescue,  Winter Survival Skills,  Avalanche Awareness, and Leadership, Team Building, and Reaching Goals,  Backpacking, Concepts and Skills of Life (EQ, IQ, etc.), building upside down pyramids,  and others.  Check out the information on this site to get an idea.  Many of these subjects are available as a presentation, seminar, instruction, etc.    Just give call and we can
look at your interests, and ways we might assist you in developing them: 385-414-9294 or 719-285-5733  Drop us an email at:  Sales@HansenSpecialtyServices.com


New article:  Survival Skills Series:      Untitled-2 

The question of building a fire or not, is actually one that should be considered in any survival.  You may not actually need one, and if you waste your time and energy building one, you could compromise you overall situation.  Prioritizing and staying on top the the changes (Situational Awareness), is very important.  This article talks about whether or not you should build a fire, and if so, how to do it correctly, so all your efforts don’t go up in smoke.


What’s our training like?  

First, it is principle based.  This is because a person must always address the principles involved.   The techniques and methods are flexible and change depending on the time, environment, location, etc.

Here’s an example from one of our student handouts:

Project or Operations Development and Leadership:  First:  Identify the principles involved.  Once you have done that you can determine what technique(s) to use.  “Techniques change, as do methods, ways, and means; Principles never do.”   If your knowledge is principle based, you are working like a “Master.”  If it is technique based, you are working like a “Technician.”  If you have a fundamental understanding of things, you have achieved an “Awareness” level of skill.  Thus the levels of progression we award certificates for:

1. An “Awareness” or “Introduction” Certificate or level of achievement:  Great for administrators, interested parties, and as a good introduction to the skill.AdHSSbasic1

2. A “Technician” or “Operational” Certificate or Level of achievement.  The largest level of achievement in almost every endeavor.  The Technician learn specific skills which will work in specific situations.  If specific situations are well defined, along with a clear understanding of the specific technique(s) fit the situation, it works well.  For example:  An Emergency Medical Technician.  A Mountain Rescue Technician, Water Rescue Technician, or X-ray Technician.     There can be many levels of skills in the “Technician” group.

3. A “Master’s” or “Operational Leader” Certificate or Level of achievement.  A master level means they have learn the principles behind the techniques in a given situation.  They should be able to improvise, mold, sculpture, or fabricate the entire operation.   As a leader is best when you are able to understand the big picture, have acquired many of the related skills, and understand the various resources,  the implications and repercussions associated with those choices, and how other choices and situations affect the on-going operation; as well as understand their effects on the end results, or final outcomes.


Pulley Systems:

Mechanical Advantages (MA):  There are many types of MA’s,  none of them are not magic. The principle behind them is basically “exchange.”  Exchanging weight for distance, or similar.      For example:  In a simple, 2:1 MA Pulley system, we essentially divide the weight in half and double the distance we must pull to raise it.  Levers work the same way,  A drive sprocket or pulley gains speed or power, depending on its circumference in relationship to the connecting one.  It exchanges the distance the outside travel, in relationship, the core or center’s  travel.  For example: A small front sprocket on a bicycle, with a large rear one, will Board,pulleyprovide power.  The front will need to go around many times to power the rear on enough to make one revolution, thus you will have power to climb hills, but you will not go very fast.    If you want speed, put a large sprocket or pulley on the drive or front of the bicycle, and a small one on the rear.  Now it will need lots of power or strength to turn the front one only a short distance and the rear one will make many revolutions to each single revolution of the front one, thus you will go fast.


Tandem Prusik belay  or PCD using a PMP (Prusik Minding Pulley)

Concepts and Principles regarding pulley systems:  More pulleys do NOT give you an advantage, quite the contrary, they add friction, so often they can make it more difficult and more complicated.   If there are no moving pulleys, there is no MA advantage.  Remember you must exchange weight for distance in this case.  The PMP (picture) show a tandem prusik configuration which can be used as a progress capture device (PCD) (prusiks – red & green).  In this case, we have used Load Releasing Hitch (LRH)(red) for shock absorption and function.  This configuration can be used for raising loads, or for auto stop type belay system, good for single person loads, or rescue loads.

Basic Types of Pulley Systems:
  Simple: the rope simply flows around the pulleys.  Complex: in a complex pulley systems the rope may reverse direction, change angles, or incorporate progress capture devices such as prusiks.  Compound:  this occurs when you add a pulley system to the tail or end of another pulley system.  Add a 2:1 pulley system to the tail of another 2:1 and it will make it a theoretical 4:1 MA.  When you compound, you multiply the MA.


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 “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 show 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 how close it is to the North Pole and the Coriolis effect, which thins out the atmosphere near the poles. Climbers approaching Windy Corner, about 14,000 Wind Chill Factor Chartfeet. 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.


Wilderness Check ListWe 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 will 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 aim 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 aid you with one of you adventures.

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


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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. 


Wilderness Citizenship

When you have learned 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 

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

Article, Summit,Boil your rope,Cover

Cover Story: Boil Your Rope? Hansen shares thoughts, ideas, and principles associated with “your second lease on life.”

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 decide if it is time to retire your rope, types of ropes, and other principles.


DVD,Vertical Rope Skills wTo the left is the DVD “Vertical Rope Skills,”  it is available on-line , or by contacting us by phone or email. 719-285-5733 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. 



 See You At The Top!

albert einstein quotes - everything is energy(This link will take you to one of the articles, but go to the Hansen Specialty Menu for more  in the Hansen Specialty Menus.)

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. 

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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.



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


The Adams occasionally take a garbage bag on their hikes.

They are everywhere, people who abnormal, they go out of their way to make life better for all of us.  Although, many of the things we can do to make a difference do not require all that much more effort.  It only requires we think about and remember to do it for time to time.  The Adams family were caught doing just this.


******************Safety Notice****************** 

Communication can be a fickle thing.  With this in mind please make sure you fully Goat, NF copyunderstand 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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 Phone: 719-285-5733

Email: Doug@HansenSpecialtyServices.com


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