Survival in a Cave. by G. Bush and M. Rocklin. ed by M. Camilletti.
How to prepare for and survive entrapment in a cave.
Cambridge University Caving Club Austria Rescue Guide.by the Cambridge University Caving Club.
Based on the Oxford University Cave Club Guide.
Corvallis Mountain Rescue Unit Rigging by the Corvallis Mountain Rescue Unit.
Some basic knots and anchors, along with some traverses and drop tests.
Artificial Rigging Anchors for the Present and Future by John H. Ganter and William K. Storage. Published in the NSS News (May 1990) and Cave Science (August 1991).
To bolt or not to bolt - that is the question! This paper addresses the merits of various artificial anchors.
Bolting 101. by E. Hirst.
This site contains the basics of placing bolts.
Considerations for Rope Rescue. by K. Laidlaw.
An absolutely excellent description of rigging for rescue, and some suggestions for speeding up the process.
Introduction of TAC Rope Kit. by K. Laidlaw.
A description of the TAC rope kit, a speedy method of rigging. While this is the big heavy fire/mountain rescue version, cavers might think about adapting something similar and smaller for their cave packs.
In Search of the Perfect Belay by C. Luebben.
Some tips and calls for belaying.
Wayfinding in Caves - A Proposed Curriculum for a Short Course in Self Rescue. by David Lemberg.
How we get lost in caves, and what we can do to mitigate the problem.
Oxford University Cave Club Expedition Rescue Guide. by G. Lowe.
Contains many of the techniques that the British cavers use for expedition rescue.
Recipe for a Rescue Toboggan. by the Outdoor Network.
How to build a toboggan with the materials at hand.
Recipe for a Rope Stretcher. by M. Martin.
Pictures on how to build a rope stretcher.
Rigging for Alpine SRT. by S. Mayo.
An overview of rebelay rigging.
Notes on Alpine style SRT. by S. Mayo.
An overview of vertical techniques and equipment that work best with rebelay rigging. Some of the techniques for the rappel rack should be taken with a grain of salt.
Rope Calls. by the MIT Cave Club.
A list of rope calls used by the Eastern Region NCRC.
Abseiling safety. by the National Caving Association.
Discusses the use of the bobbin and stop for rappeling, and how to properly clip the devices into a seat harness. Also discusses the problem of people grabbing the handle of the stop when they panic.
NUCC Cave Training Manual. by the Nottingham University Caving Club.
A nice beginner overview of Britsh caving techniques.
Rappel Safety Rituals. by R. Olsen.
A nice check list for rappeling
Hauling Systems. by Petzl.
A short write up on some of the simpler hauling systems.
Progression on a Rope. by Petzl.
A nice write up on traverses.
Shock Load. by Petzl.
A write up on what shock load is, and how the right equipment is needed for each type of job.
Safe Main Line Loads on a Single Karabiner Load Sharing Connection. by A. Sheehan.
A nice write up on determining safe working loads for carabiners.
Vector Analysis for Vertical Rescuers. by A. Sheehan.
An interesting write up on load analysis.
The Bushwalkers Guide to the Galaxy - Improvised Navigation - How to navigate the Surface of the Earth with less than a GPS or Compass. by Alan Sheehan.
A great article on the various ways to navigate on land.
Basic Helicopter Training by Charley Shimanski.
The basics of helicopters, and working with them for rescue.
Intermediate Helicopter Training by Charley Shimanski.
More on helicopters and rescue.
Ropes, Loads, and Energy by William K. Storage and John H. Ganter. NSS News, December 1990.
Talks about dynamic loads, static loads, shock loads, and rope softening. 99% math free!
FM 5-125: Rigging Techniques, Procedures, and Applications by the U.S. Army
How to rig - Army style. There is some scary stuff here, but also some nice stuff on creating anchors when there are none.
Tech Tips - Building Snow Shelters. by H. Weiss.
An overview of snow shelters.
Animated Knots. by the 42nd Brighton Scout Troop.
A fun page on knot tying with animated graphics.
Belay Failuresand corrections to the article.
From Technical Rescue Magazine Issue Eight. Discusses some spectacular failures from shock loading a belay.
An Idiot's Guide to Gas Detection For people who should know better than to volunteer for Confined Space Rescue !. by Technical Rescue Magazine.
These folks use a lot of fancy equipment, but then again, so do some cavers!
Anchor Loads & how they alter with different rigging and operating systems. by Technical Rescue Magazine
Do we need to use the same equipment for different loads? No!
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