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Hansen Specialties Website: Our desires, love for people, adventure, and learning, has put us on this great path. As Don Juan would say, “We are on a path with heart.” We meet and share this path with many fine people. Lucky us, because we believe people are the “Spice of Life.”
There is more to Mountaineering, than “just” climbing a mountain. I’ll explain: A while back, I spent some time with, arguably, the greatest mountaineer in the world, Reinhold Messner. Like many of us, he too climbs for his own enlightenment, to learn about the mountain environment, and to see what is really possible for him. We also shared other feelings about climbing, the mountains, people, and how they fit into the big picture. He mentioned that while in the mountains by himself at night, he often felt fear; but his comments went much deeper. He noted when accompanied by a partner, it divided the fear and made it less; and there was a flip side, standing on a summit with a partner, multiplied the joy.” Cool! This concept is one reason why I believe, “people are the spice of life.“ Solo climbs have their own esoteric values, but sharing the experience with a partner can be as good, or even better.
This website is a result of following the path with heart. For some reason unknown to me, I have always felt the natural environment was home, and I enjoy sharing things I have learned about the mountains, wilderness, and other aspects of the natural environment with others. I hope you find this site entertaining and of value to you in your pursuit of a happy and rewarding life.
Watch for more pages “subjects to assist you in attaining your Wilderness Citizenship,” Also I am inviting you to join me on some backyard adventures, and more distant treks as well, during which we can apply these principles and techniques.
As always, your comments and questions are welcome.
For Safety’s Sake: Read the warnings, equipment recalls, etc., at the bottom of this page. “Common sense suggests reading all such things, it is wort
A good book on leadership is, “turn the ship around.” It is built on the concept we are all leaders, as well as team mates. Read more in our Suggested reading and viewing section.
Addresses the concept of the fact we are all important to a good solution, thus we are all leaders, and part of a functioning and synergistic team.
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NEW BROCHURE on Home Safety
Download a PDF copy of this brochure by going to our leadership and life section.
WATCH for more in depth ones on the individual subjects. “An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure.”
Safe today, means you get to enjoy tomorrow. A small investment of time pays dividends for years to come. “Like our content. Advertise with us. Go to our services section for more information.
For a limited time, pickup the Vertical Rope Skills DVD, for only 9.90, plus shipping regular price 29.90
This 70 Minute DVD discusses several ways to rappel, ascend ropes, and belay. It also goes over knots for climbing and rescue, basic rigging, anchors and climbing. We only have a limited number of Vertical Rope Skills we can offer at this price. Just go to the and get your copy, while the supply lasts.
This principle based DVD will address many safety concerns, as well as how to avoid potential problems while in the vertical environment.
Check out our plant section and learn about eatable plants, pretty plants, and poisonous ones.
A recently added plant, the Heartleat Arnica. It is a type of sunflower. The “heartleaf” is because many them have leaves which are heart shaped; but like all natural things, each one, and each group can be different to some extent. To read more, or check out others, Click this link or the picture. We add new plants regularly. Part of gaining a wilderness citizenship is learning about plants. each time you learn a new one, you are a step closer to yours.
“Turn the Ship Around” by L. David Marquet”
Still another leadership book. I must admit I like the way he thinks, at least ultimately. He point out something which should ring home to us all, we are all leaders, and we are all team, depending on the time and the circumstance. The follow the leader mentality is not a good picture. One key reason is that concept is built on a false premise, the leader is always right, always in charge, and perfect, almost anyway. Even if you find a leader who is close to that model, it robs the team of their input, their need to feel important to the end result, and their sense of belonging. Put Ideals and concepts up front, give us as people a direction to move. That is the concept he seems to convey. The idea of focusing on problems, and basing things on errors is dead end. In that type of systems a reward is not getting hammered for a mistake. Where as focusing on betterment, good performance, and excellence ultimately leads to less errors, and improved situations, a sense of pride and a job well done; and rewards are heart felt praise, and functional results.
But, if you looking for real freedom, the freedom climb in areas that don’t resemble climbing gyms, then Traditional Climbing, or Trad climbing, is for you. It is a different game, with different challenges, and its own esoteric rewards. Personally, I love multi-pitch climbing. The freedom to follow your nose. Of course, like most freedoms, it comes with it own requirements. An obvious one is understanding the various aspects of placing your own protection, or pro. Unlike an omni directional bolt placement, many traditional anchors are directional.
In this article which I wrote a number of years ago, before this sort of thing was in books and such, you will find many lead climbing considerations along with principles and techniques of protecting your lead. Since the article is principle based, the skills which are explained are still current and will be usable tomorrow.
Invest a little time and review/read this article to pick up on many of the concepts associated with Traditional Climbing Skills.
Well worth the investment. Ever gave trust some serious thought? Fact is, it is the fundamental foundation of almost everything we do. By being able to trust we free up a tremendous amount of energy, and forego the anxiety associated with the fear, uncertainty, and other negatives associated with distrust. Personally, it changed my paradigm.
To build or not to build, that is the question. Building a fire is not a black and white thing. Each time you should consider the big picture: environmental impact, is one really needed, or do you just need a way to stay warm, or will the energy trying to build one, gather wood, etc. going to compromise your overall situation? It may be better to find shelter from the wind, use dry leafs, grass and such to make improvised down. The principle behind most insulation is, “creating tiny dead air spaces, to prevent the heat from conducting away. If you know the five ways you lose heat, you can work with them to eliminate them, or minimize them. Conduction, Convection, Evaporation, Radiation, and Respiration. Prioritizing and staying on top the changes (Situational Awareness), is very important. This article talks about whether you should build a fire, and if so, how to do it correctly, so all your efforts don’t go up in smoke.
A feature article which addresses all four parts of goal achieving: Choosing or selecting goals, building a plan to reach your goals, the skills required for getting from A, to B, to C . . ., and ultimately, how-to motivate yourself and the principles associated with these things.
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. Or you suggest a topic.
“What goes around comes around.”
“A life of abundance coupled with good health and good relationships – love.” Freedom to “be you,” is the key to seeing people really blossom. Freedom is such a wonderful gift, and unfortunately, it often takes losing it to remind us how important it is. Self Government fits in the picture (freedom), a free society is not worth much, if there is NOT the freedom to make mistakes. To read more, click this, the title, or picture.
The Shackleton Family motto, “By Endurance We Conquer,” proved to be a guiding light in a bleak situation. They may have known they were destined to set an example of what can be accomplished when good leadership, good team players, and synergy come together.
Although, they had more important things to do: make their own rescue and continue to survive while doing so. This is one of the greatest feats ever. Their ship, the “Endurance” had become hopelessly stuck in the ice of Antarctica. With no one to even try to rescue them, they spent the next two years surviving in one of the largest, most inhospitable, bleakest and coldest, deserts on earth. During this time they teamed up to stay alive, make a living using the bleak environment and their resourcefulness. The ad for team members read like this one:
Believe it or not, he had over 5,000 men apply. Had it been this day and age, I am sure many women would have applied as well. Ultimately, they spent over two years surviving, planning, dealing with the challenges of depression, cold, personalities conflicts along with working together in unpleasant situations, and more. While doing this, they had to come up with a plan to fabricate their own rescue. No one was coming for them and they knew that. It was a time of war. Before leaving Ernest offered himself and the crew to fight, but was told to go on his expedition.
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Change: I had an Epiphany and have a different approach in mind. I think it makes more sense than the invisible wilderness ethics I have been teaching, and will make more sense than other approaches as well. Watch for it is a few days or so, and see if you too agree.
Invisible Wilderness Ethics, well, fact is, just like at home, we need to clean up around the house, or things become so cluttered and messy, we don’t want to even come home. Some of these things are better handled in a preventative way. When it rains, I must make sure the extended spouts on the rain gutter down spouts are attached, or we end up spending the next week pulling up carpet and padding, in the basement, renting carpet drying fans, drying the carpet, and reinstalling it; because we forgot to, or chose not to do some basic preventative maintenance.
Eventually, with time and experience the old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” sinks in. Please note: we don’t believe in being far left or far right in our approach, but rather strive to come from a logical, sustainable point, which should be something we all agree on.
Like most anything, a good understanding of principles can make most situations reasonable safe. A poor understand, well, it kind-of a roll of the dice. In this research and testing we examine the effects of dynamics (a fall) on the strength of a rope. For more information and the test results, Click this link: http://www.hansenspecialtyservices.com/knot-strength-in-a-dynamic-situation/
Back Off!, with two climbers approaching the top of the first pitch. Shown here in prime condition, although conditions change; as was the case on the first ascent. Check out why it was named, “Back Off!” and what it is like climbing it. Click this hyperlink to read an article about this extreme ice climb.
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.
I stuck out my tongue to touch on of the icicles hanging from my mustache, and it froze it as if I were putting my tongue on a freezing-cold steel pipe.
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. This picture show us 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 your 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, to stop a fall down the icy slope, and to keep the smart ones from going home.
“This site also has Useful Check-Lists”
This contains a list of items you may choose to take with you on your next outing. Everything from T.P. (Toilet Paper) to rope, stove to sleeping bag, ground insulation pad to sunglasses, and more Tape it to your wall to have it handy for each trip, or make copies so you can make individualized lists. Currently, I am working on an equipment article, which includes a more extensive equipment list.
Of course, this is only a suggested list, you may choose to include more items, or fewer items. That is what a wilderness citizenship is about, you and your adventure. If you have questions or you are new to the wilderness, seek out one of the many organized groups, or skilled (at teaching and the wilderness) individuals to assist you.
A Rope System Check-List: Did you know that the number three incident that often causes injuries and death, it falling objects? Well, this list includes things like your Brain Bucket, or Cranial Prophylactic, along with “Check for edges which could cut your rope, or pendulum problems, vectors, resultant forces, knots, and more, . . . , items you should double when you put a rope system together. Of course, it is not an all-inclusive list, so you can, and should, add or subtract things depending on you situation and circumstances.
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 many informational articles, charts, lists, and more. Dive in, learn, evaluate, tell us what you think, and share your knowledge.
◊ 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 environments. “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 and Performance, 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 help makie your adventure successful, fun, and reasonably safe.
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Find Articles, Skills (Knots, and more) 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.
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”
Find previously published Articles, tests, and other information from Books, Magazines: “Summit, Off Belay, On Sight, Climbing, Rock and Ice, Emergency, the journal of emergency medicine and rescue, Training Manuals, Videos, DVD’s, PowerPoint Presentations, and Other publications.
Learn about things that affect your rope’s life by reading this feature article (Boil Your Rope?–picture to the right) and about a system to help decide if it is time to retire your “Second Lease on Life,” or rope, and other principles.
Ever had a day when things just seem to be effortless, and your feel top of the morning? Well, this article is about a day like that. Also it discusses some formal meditation techniques that may be of interest. It seems meditation is a good a skill for solution finding, relaxation and more, something we can all use now and then.
Read details about the rope bag, which was more than just a place to store and protect your rope, it changed everything. Prior to designing this functional tool, everything pretty much was about coiling your rope: a butterfly coil, a mountain coil, a chain type coil, or a traditional coil, was the limits. When you arrived at the climbing area, or a location of a technical rescue, you would have to leaf, or stack your rope on the ground, so it would not tangle. This was the case as your partner led the pitch, and you paid it out. Also, when you decided to make that rap off the top, you would need to carefully re-coil the rope, (unless you were into rat’s nests) before you threw it over the edge. Those are just a problems we commonly dealt with. In this article we talk about ways to use the Hansen Rope Belay/Rappel/Throw bag and more.
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Anyone who uses rope can benefit by investing in their skills, ability, and safety. Knowledge is like the key to a powerful motor cycle. It unlocks all that stored up potential you have inside. Get a copy at No Charge, when you attend our Vertical Rope Skills Course, or the Rope Masters Course. Watching this “before” you attend a course, will enable you to grasp far more, and get more out of your investment in training.
Food for thought . . .
As well as containing informational items, this website include articles, thoughts, pictures, ideas and more about life and living it. Because, a well-balanced life is a happy life, and I would guess, like, Leona Lewis sings in her song — Happy – “I just want to be happy.” We all just want to be happy.
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 our thoughts. If we all thought alike, there would be little need for others.
For example: Einstein is quoted as saying, “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 of how life looks, but knowing it, or knowing others feel or think this way, is of value–and who knows, the earth used to be flat, and the sun used to revolve it.
Also in this section, check out the piece about our Universe. The Universe Defined. this video is a journey from earth, than looking at the moon looking back towards Earth, then the planets looking back towards earth, then Earth in the Milky Way (our galaxy), and so on, and on, to the edge of the known universe. Then back down to the Earth, and to a water droplet on the leaf of a plant, then to the cells within the drop of water, then the DNA, all the way down to subatomic particle, the smallest known things in the Universe. These subatomic particles may be the building blocks of everything, including our goals. Science has found that our thoughts effect and control their behavior . . .
Which is it, a simple, complex, or compound pulley system?
With the many different systems, and uses for pulleys, as well as the high number of groups putting them to use, it gets rather confusing. It is the objective of this article to clear up some of this confusion. In this feature we discuss Simple, Complex, and Compound pulley systems, as well as using them in an adjunct configuration and much more.
Life is either a daring adventure or it is nothing . . .
. . . To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.
— Helen Keller-
This is an area of prime concern for both: Individuals, and for Business and Industry. This is a system I have developed in order to make safety tangible, and workable. There is a problem with using the concept of “SAFE,” because there is no such thing as “Safe.”
Like it or not, even with the high standard most climbing and rescue gear companies maintain, there is nothing like field trials and customer use to find bugs, errors, flaws, usage problems, and maintenance issues. Be sure to check out our equipment safety notices and recalls section. To get information on your life support items. For your golf clubs, you need not worry as much. . .
Communication is 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 naught without prudence, and 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 —
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.