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    Often needed during rescue work is a tag line for the Edge person or attendant in CS operations. In the past, I often see people grab a rope bag, measure out a length of rope, then tie it off thus securing the edge person, or attendant. This method works fine but I started thinking about a better way.

    This technique takes out the measuring step and can be adjusted quickly to allow ease of movement, yet protect the edge person. I also think this way is quicker.

    Setup:
    Create an anchor with webbing.
    Attach a pusik to the tagline, then using a carabiner attach the prusik to the anchor.
    Now pull the tagline to desired length, then tension the prusik.

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    Let me know what you think. Good or bad?
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    I have seen it set up pretty much exactly opposite from the way you have illustrated. Anchor the rope or cord and the prusik is clipped to your harness. So if you are close the the edge and need to get out just a bit further, etc. you can adjust the system right at your harness. Have only used this system once though.
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    Hi Michael,

    The edge system we use, is all done at the harness, we measure the rope to the edge, figure 8 on the bight and a biner for the harness, on the line, we have a 3 wrap prussik which is then connected also to the harness, at the other end of the system we tie an alpine butterfly and connect to an anchor.

    the responder still has full use of the system, and if required, we can extended further by tying further alpine butterflies in where required.
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    Hey XYZ... I brainstormed one day and came up with a method that worked well for me and others. Here's a breakdown:
    1. Attach a rigging plate to the anchor than tie and connect a F8 on a bight to it.
    2. Connect a pulley to the rescuers harness.
    3. Run the rope through the pulley and back to the anchor plate.
    4. T3P are ten attached to the line and via beaner attached back to the rigging plate.

    Doing this seemed to give smoother control mainly forward. I believe that's because you've cut the weight you're controlling by half (almost half in reality). Same principal as yours...when the rescuer is in place lock the T3P.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ProgressiveRescue View Post
    Hey XYZ... I brainstormed one day and came up with a method that worked well for me and others. Here's a breakdown:
    1. Attach a rigging plate to the anchor than tie and connect a F8 on a bight to it.
    2. Connect a pulley to the rescuers harness.
    3. Run the rope through the pulley and back to the anchor plate.
    4. T3P are ten attached to the line and via beaner attached back to the rigging plate.

    Doing this seemed to give smoother control mainly forward. I believe that's because you've cut the weight you're controlling by half (almost half in reality). Same principal as yours...when the rescuer is in place lock the T3P.
    Trying to picture what your saying, I am a visual learner, is this what you mean? Sorry about the bad drawing. The thing on the guys back is a pulley

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelXYZ View Post
    Trying to picture what your saying, I am a visual learner, is this what you mean? Sorry about the bad drawing. The thing on the guys back is a pulley

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProgressiveRescue View Post
    You got it and you're a better artist than I.
    In that case, we better forget about opening an art gallery and keep our day jobs

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    Something like an AZTEK kit? Something like that maybe without the set of fours?
    50 feet 8mm cord, with a 6mm prucell. Tensionless anchor with the one end and the prucell attached to your harness.
    That is what I use, but having the set of fours is nice too.

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