When we think of Search and Rescue we usually think of a team approach, but often we find ourselves in “adventurous” situations alone and vulnerable. For this reason, as well as my propensity to push things too far, I’m always on the lookout for innovative designs that will allow me to function as a one-man SAR Team.
Besides emergency medical skills and equipment there is nothing more fundamental to the act of rescue than moving a body. Being alone or physically compromised can quickly make this feat near impossible. So if you find yourself stuck, hurt, drunk or knocked silly at the bottom of just about anything. Here’s a surefire way to get you out. Unless you don’t have a rope, then your just screwed.
The Mammut rescYou is an easy to use “Self-rescue” device with a double, rope locking, built in pulley system that will allow a person to hoist themselves, with the power of a single hand, out of what would otherwise have been an irretrievable situation. If not irretrievable, certainly a crappy and embarrassing situation.
It’s marketed within the context of pulling your self or your buddy out of crevasse; but as always, I find that to be too limiting. The last time I fell into a crevasse I was living someone else’s life.
Here are some other uses that I thought more applicable to those of us that don’t go by the name of Sven.
Tactically speaking: In urban surveillance situations it’s not uncommon to be crawling on or around attics, rooftops or fire escapes. If you’ve ever used a regular ascender to “ascend” your self up something, you would know it can become very tiring. Add 70 pounds of communication and surveillance equipment and you’ll hit threshold. So next time your going up “The Wall” to establish an observation post in the city, you can bring the beer with you. Heave-ho.
Personal Use: Going climbing with my kids often takes me to remote places. I recently wrote an article about “Throwing your kid off a cliff” describing my son’s 18th birthday in the Sequoias and some rope work. We had a great time; but it wouldn’t have taken too large an accident to have stranded us both at the bottom of a cliff until the crows came for clean up. I hate crows.
Safety & Protection: When you read some of the other reviews about devices like this you’ll hear a lot of banter about being able to make one your self or not needing such technology unless you were in a serious situation. Um… Ya… serious situation. I agree and that’s why I appreciate such devices. I want something that my 9 year-old can use to pull my sorry ass out of a hole if need be. When would that ever happen? Probably never; but that’s why they call it an emergency!