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It might pay to apply the KISS principle on Friday

Richard Tregoweth - Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The KISS principle for those who don't know: Keep It Simple, Stupid!

Over the last few weeks there has been much debate about the set-up Marlies Laser has planned for the aerial rescue scenario at the NTCC.

Climbers are busily preparing for everything the National TCC Co-ordinator is likely to devise - from M-rig accidents to SRT mechanical device failure on accent.

Some of the rescue configurations we have seen to date are brilliant… but often somewhat complicated. There is so much on offer in terms of tree climbing and rescue gear it's often hard to see the wood for the trees (excuse the pun) when looking for an innovative solution.

Having observed many climbs in the build up to the Nationals one common thread remains: the simple configurations win over complicated set-ups every time! They are less time consuming to set-up, there is less chance of stuffing things up on the day and they are simply more efficient in the competition environment.

SRT access is a case in point. Often, a quick foot lock into the tree is far more efficient and timely than an over-complicated, backed up, rescue friendly SRT set-up with a soft anchor - remember the guy is dying in the tree!

So… the aerial rescue on Friday should be an event worth watching if you want to see the latest rescue techniques: simple or complicated.

A simple foot lock into the tree for the aerial rescue is often more efficient than SRT access (in our opinion)

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