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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.”

Success is beingThere 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 are encouraged and questions are welcome.  

(C) Copyright Douglas S. Hansen.  Use of my content is available for free and for fee.  Please contact me for information and details.  Thanks for your interest.

GremlinFor Safety’s Sake: Please note, communication is a fickle thing, and probably behind many of our problems.¬† Be aware there are typo errors, and other types of errors on this website and others.¬† Before attempting any of these things, do seek competent advice and instruction, to make sure you have a clear understanding.¬† Failure to do so could lead to serious injury or even death.

Also Read the warnings, equipment recalls, etc.,¬†at the bottom of this page. ¬†¬†“Common sense suggests reading all such things, it is worth the investment of time.


Check out our plant section and learn about eatable plants, pretty plants, and poisonous ones, click here to see more.

Flower with bee

Just out doing a little shopping, a bee exits a Quick Mart on the way home.

“Life is about taking time to smell the roses along the way.”¬†

Stopping to smell the roses is all about the excitement and intrigue of exploring new and different worlds.  If one is to think about it, there are an endless number of worlds to explore; from distant galaxies, to the micro workings of a drop of water.   To this bee, this is simply a quick mart, for collecting a little pollen.  Click this link or the picture.   Or to learn more about the wilderness, and getting your wilderness citizenship , check out other parts of our website..


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Click here to learn why it makes sense to switch your incandescent light bulbs in your home to LED’s and it¬†puts money¬†back in your pockets.


From our Suggested Reading and View Section

“Turn the Ship Around”¬†by L. David Marquet”

Book, cover, turn the ship aroundAnother leadership book?  It always surprises me that reading is like music, after reading hundreds of books, there are still great and new songs books out there.  A good read, and well worth the investment.

¬† Another I am just finishing up, which fits the good read category is: “From Grit to Great.

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.


 Traditional Climbing:

¬†Mastering the “ART” of Protecting Yourself.

Mastering the art of protecting yourself V 1.0 pg2 Mastering the art of protecting yourself V 1.0 pg 10aSport routes can be great fun, push your free, roped, climbing skills to the limits, and never have the need to worry too much about the various vectors or resultant angles of pull or force.

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.


Home Safety Publication Available

Safety,home, v 1.2, page 1Too busy now?¬† Well, tomorrow will be better?¬† Oops!¬† Just one way accidents can be prevented.¬† Play the “WHAT IF, Game?”¬† What if I do wait until tomorrow?¬† Or is a few moments worth of investment going to pay big dividends?¬†

This publication describes little things around home which can have long reaching consequences.¬† Also it goes over the idea there is no such things as “safe,” and explains a tangible way to approach safety at home.¬†¬† I am making this available at no cost to you, in an effort to promote safety.¬† Click here to down load your own PDF copy of this publication.¬† Safety,home, v 1.2


 Why Trust?

Why Trust is Worth itWell 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.


Survival Skills:  Building a Fire, or Not . . .Untitled-2 

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.


Motivation and Goals

Lion Roar saying webA 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.



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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.  Or you suggest a topic.


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“By Endurance We Conquer.”

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Eric Shackleton and his team of adventurers, “an excellent example of Synergy (Leadership, Team Work, and a worthy goal.)

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:

Shackleton adBelieve 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.

Read the Explorers Survival Series #2

Read the commentary and view some of the videos about their ordeal (Work in Progress).


Motivational and Entertaining

Brochure, Motivational V 2.11To Download your own PDF copy of this brochure which talks about several presentations we have available, click on the picture, or title above, to go to the motivational page.  There you can down load a PDF copy of this brochure.    Just call and we can look at your interests, and ways we might assist you in developing them: 719-285-5733  Drop us an email at:  Sales@HansenSpecialtyServices.com

The First Ascent of Back Off!, a frozen waterfall


. Photo by: John Ross

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.

Climbers approaching Windy Corner, Mt. McKinley

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 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 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.Goat, NF copy


“This site also has Useful Check-Lists”


Wilderness Check ListA Wilderness Outing Check-List :  

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.


Learn about Avalanches, Forecasting, and Rescue 


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.

‚óä 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.¬†

‚óä 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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PWhen to Retire Your “Second Lease on Life . . .” Guidelines.

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Cover Story: Boil Your Rope?

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.


A Sparkle in the Eye and a Smile on the Lips.

Golden-Smile,-webEver 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.


 The Hansen Belay/Rappel/Throw Bag

Bag,Rope,Hansen-Belay-Rappel-ThrowRead 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.


“Vertical Rope Skills DVD,”¬†

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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.¬†¬†


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 Pulley Systems Explained . . .

Which is it, a simple, complex, or compound pulley system?

Board,pulleyWith 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.

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Answering the Safety QuestionPotential-Factor Relationship

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.”¬†


More Equipment Recalls?

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. . .

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Communication is a fickle thing . . .

FALLGCLMWith 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:  

‚ÄúClimb 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.‚ÄĚ

— Edward Whymper —


Safety Notices and Recalls:

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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Email: Sales@HansenSpecialtyServices.com

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