Tree Climber Rescue | Vertical Single Rope Pick-off | Hunting Tree Stand Accident | Block and Tackle

Tree Climber Rescue | Vertical Single Rope Pick-off | Hunting Tree Stand Accident | Block and Tackle

…distressed sound… …grunting… HELP!!! HELP!!! oh man…I broke Tom’s tree stand he is going to be so mad …distressed sound… hey…hey, Tom…Tom…I need help man I was in your tree stand…and I fell and I’m just hanging man and I can’t get up copy that dispatch alright what we have is report of a hunter whose fallen out of his tree
stand and is hanging by a safety harness now it might sound a little comical but
this is a life-and-death situation both because of the recent snow flurries
and because of harness induced pathology we do you have a GPS
coordinates all get out there as quickly as we can hey guys help…hey over here…hey Hey Garrett can you clear this rifle…
we gonna shoot a line up there to you and be up there in just a sec…
…um did to get hurt on your way down? do you have any numbness or tingling in your fingers? aim for that branch over there…ready? okay Matt…red line is ready to go up
Adam can you tie a no-knot around this tree and we use that as my anchor Matt can you grab me the ascentree
out of there and a foot tape? pulley, carabiner and anchor strap for change of direction up there …just a sec… hey Tom can you rig up the butt block
down there…and we’ll do a change of direction off of that and then we’ll set up a mechanical
advantage in-between this tree and that one over there okay…Adam will you grab a swivel pulley on a locking beaner and put it here for a change in direction
…got it grab me a piece of webbing and put a wrap
three pull two on that juniper tree over there Garrett get the Aztec bag run the pulley system out full length as a five-to-one connect the ID the end of it
we’ll use it as progress capture on the raise and then lower off of it…alright okay Dan…while they are setting that up I’m going to come down and put this harness on you and we will lift you with this harness can you hold that for me? could you help me run this out? okay Tom the CD is ready…great here’s the ID alright we’re ready to raise…okay are we rigged to raise?…rigged to raise riggers ready…raise ho-ho-ho-ho-ho…stop…okay stop now lock it off Garrett can you come and receive him as he
comes down…alright… Matt are you ready on the I’D for the lower I’m ready to lower…great…ready to lower LOWER!!! put all your wait on the harness right here…
… just lean back and I will keep you away from the tree Slowly alright as we’re going down get your back against the tree get your feet on the ground how you feeling? ok…can you stand?…I think so…alright take a moment…as get your barring just stand up we will get some slack on this line and we can get you unhooked…ok doing alright? yep…yep…I’m okay…alright oh…good to be down Garrett, why don’t you and Matt walk him out to his truck and lets get
him checked out

90 thoughts on “Tree Climber Rescue | Vertical Single Rope Pick-off | Hunting Tree Stand Accident | Block and Tackle

  • As a member of a SAR team, I believe this was a well executed rescue. They did everything right. This is an example of how its supposed to be done by competent professionals.

  • To all the people who say it is over rigged, my responce is this is a life rescue not a bit of timber, overall the video showed one of many safe and correct techniques to get a good outcome, everyone new the plan of attack, they knew about the gear and most importantly some one was in control of the overall scene.

    If only the shooter had some basic rigging gear then he could of self rescued.

  • What is with the failure to stabilize the viticm from more injuries? Why was the victim not packaged in Sked or litter? The victim could have had pelvic or other internal injuries and by letting him walk out he could possibly die from non visble internal injuries. Why waste valuable time rigging a rope to climb when there is a faster choice?

  • Highcountrytimber – Great observation with the need to stabilize the patient. The Method of Injury is always a factor in deciding the level of care. HIP introduces even more considerations, on which we chose to focus. Strapping the patient to a Sked or litter was ruled out by our EMS consultant because of the possibility of going horizontal. After being suspended in a harness lying down can cause the toxic build up in the lower extremities to flood the heart and cause cardiac arrest.

  • The rope system was the fastest way to safely reach the patient (If he had used the ladder the rescuer would have needed to free climb 20ft to get above the patient and we want to show how to be connected the whole time), raise them off their system and lower them to the ground in a remote area, without jarring the patient which can lead to shock with HIP.

  • Wecuttrees – The two main difference: the safety margins and the need to raise them off the system before a lower. We used a 10:1 safety margin with life safety loads on this video and that is not necessary with a log. If we just connected them to our system and then cut theirs away, the patient could have gone into shock because of the jarring. We were planning on showing other ways of raising and lowering like using a vector force as well as other techniques but ran out of time on this one.

  • Ok A. He could have just lifted himself onto one of the nearby limbs. B. the amount of time they took to preform a simple rescue. By the time they get all their stuff hooked he would have been dead from suspension trama because they did not tell him anything to do while he was hanging to prevent it. Such as bringing your knees up to your chest and back down or at least moving your legs.

  • "A person with H.I.P can die in MINUTES." So…to save his life, we must spend 3 hours hooking up rope gadgetry so that we can avoid the sketchy webbing ladder (that is already in place.)

  • Tere is a much better option………………. and alot quicker solution (how long would take all those guys, with all that equipment, to get to you in the woods………… not a realistic solution………………….. here's one that is and it's only $200………………. bet the bill from a professional response team would be alot more than that……

    Rescue One Dot Com

  • Oops………….. here is the correct web site address. (don't think a boat is going to do you much good either).



  • cool video. one problem I saw was that you used the Big Shot slingshot backwards. The throw ball and line should not be on the side of the user – turn the sling 180 degrees and keep the line in front of you…

  • One thing is most rural Fire and EMS units can not afford the 12K to buy this much specialized gear. Why not show a simpler setup for the budget minded people of the world?

  • I see one of you guys were using the Petzl Sequoia. how do you like it? im a tree care professional and am seriously thinking about upgrading to it.

  • I to jest właśnie zajebisty patent przypinania się do szelek z tyłu (!). ja pytam – ile ten koleżka tam powisi nim się udusi? 30min?

  • It's very interesting to see the difference in how you guys do things to how I would as an English climber. You have some very serious kit there! We would use much less equipment, but I suppose you guys are rescuers whereas I'm a climber so things are different. It's nice to get a new spin on how things can be done.

  • Does this not assume a truck can get there? And yes, grant this scenario could be over kill… but where? The other topic is product development through visualization. We are showing gear being used in an environment this is in the realm of reality. There are 101 ways to do this. So without a truck and without the ability of carrying a ladder of any sort… what would you do?

  • I would have climbed the rope with a 4:1 with me and set a high anchor and had two haulers on the ground then hook the 4:1 up the the victim had them pick him up unhook the strap and low him. Simple not a lot to go wrong and quick.

  • At Cornell Tree Climbing in this situation we send the rescue climber up on a lowerable SRT system (Full Circle). The rescue climber attaches a turn around point with pulley on their own line. The rescue climber uses their own weight as a counter balance to the victim, additionally increasing the advantage by grabbing the victim's harness and pulling up. Victim is clipped to the Full Circle and lowered. Good instructors do this in about 5-8 minutes by themselves.

  • As former military, now firefighter.. i would say, is this a joke? All this gear, and as i see it.. poor education. I would have done this in minutes with 1/4 of the gear. Alone.

  • Hold up, "laying horizontal can cause a build up of toxins". What about the straps pinching the femoral arteries at the groin?

  • lol all those people complaining about theyre overwhelming mountens of jingly stuff, they are called RescueResponseGEAR for a reason and they are showcasing how you could do everything with the right gear if you know how to use it. obviosly its always a compromise between equipment, manpower, time, and safety and its kind of leaning out towards a certen side lol

  • This is a quick survey that I made as part of a project for a class that I am currently enrolled. It would be greatly appreciated if anyone who hunts would take this survey.

  • I like how they just found him, has a GPS but not the ability to use a tension relief to lift his worthless self up and out…..If you are self reliant enough to get yourself out of the stand how did he plan on getting that 160lb deer out of there???

  • Well I'm glad the casualty wasn't bleeding out as they would be dead by now! 6 men to do a 1 man job if you ask me, overkill for something so simple.

  • In a training scenario where time isn't of the essence overkill doesn't hurt. In a real situation you do what you have to do to get the job done, without adding to the casualty list.

  • Man, I don't want to be negative, but I've been a hunter, a lineman and a climbing arborist all my life and if we took that long in our pole rescues we'd be fired. Too many gadgets and too much "rigging". One 1/2" line with one wrap around a limb and a kid could lower the guy safely. KISS. 

  • Question due  suspension trauma and blood pooling in his legs once he was let down you should have made him lye down with his knees elevated until blood is circulating.  If you allow him to walk around prior to doing this he could walk a couple of steps and die due to the blood shooting back to his heart.  A lot of equipment uses to rescue the victim the rescuer could have tied the ID off above the victim and attach the victim to him and came down together but no wrong way to rescue anyone just would have been quicker.  good job guys.

  • 3:57 "Hey Tom, could you rig up the butt plug down there…" 😀 Sorry 😀 Too much gear, this could have been done a lot faster with less equipment. A couple of ropes, some webbing loops and some HMS-carabiners. Also, I wouldn´t point the BigShot at anything living – except a tree maybe 😉

  • all that's needed is a short rope to driftline the victim back to the stand ladder, no need for all the queer gear.

  • Why can't you just ascend a line, use a second hand jammer (upside down) to take up the tension on the guys line, then cut his line and abseil down with him hanging below.

  • Alright guys. This is a life or death situation. Time is of the essense. We've got a man hanging from this tree up here, badly injured and fighting for his life. He's probably pretty scared. First things first…. Let's fire this weight at him, here hand me that bow and arrow. Direct hit! Now let's fashion a second rope ladder to put up next to the rope ladder thats already up there next to him while I koala sloth my way up the tree. Matt, go over to those two other trees and start making a hammock. I'm probably gonna need a rest when I get down. Alright Lisa, take that rope and wrap it around the bottom of the tree like six times and then tie a hangmans slipknot. We're going to put a neck harness on this guy and bring him down slowly. Garret can you come and receive him in your mouth as he comes down. Aww shit… Well he's dead. Let's pack it up and head out boys. I just got a call that a cat is stuck in a tree.

  • It's interesting to read the multitude of comments posted below. Having been a rope user/rigger/rescue technician for many years, I've always appreciated the approach of The Rigging Lab Academy. Episodes such as this are presented from a rescue team's perspective, which differs greatly from the media/lay person's view of rescue. You cannot fault a well equipped team who accomplishes a safe efficient rescue with no further injury. Thank you for presenting an example of a well disciplined, proficient team in action. Keep up the good work!

  • The ladder falls short when you exhaust yourself carrying an extension ladder several miles through the woods only to find out its too short. Its easy to throw an extension ladder, carrying one several miles through trees and over terrain, not so much.

  • I know this is a training situation , it's a little too much on video to show all the right steps. Better on the site case , where you bring out students. Otherwise you might as well bring out a couple of fire trucks , 100 more ropes and a chopper lol

  • over complicated system for a simple task. Fast and simple always best. if you know how to rescue with the basics all this other stuff in completely useless and time wasting

  • I love it. Everyone knows everything about how to get someone out of a tree. But the reality is, as in most cases, people who know the least say the most. The reasons things are done a certain way. Like I'm sure this happened once and for all you people who say that's a one person job, someone thought that and they fell out of the tree. So unless you know what your talking about, don"t. Thanks

  • This was a nice show but unrealistic, what do you do when there's no extra securing of trees and you don't have five guys. Thousands of dollars in sling shots. Why didn't the guy in the tree bring a 1/4 ton or less block and tackle secure it over head and attach it to him and lower him to the ground. Simple like lifting an engine, and if not made maybe you guys should think about a light weight block and tackle unit made out of carbon fiber or glass filed nylon. Instead of chain rope. You don't need anything to lift over 300 pounds no man 300 plus is in a tree. 1 man can respond up the tree he climbs, securing the tackle above the hunter or kitten stuck in the tree. Climbs down and lowers the kitten. Cheap 1 man rescue and affordable,.but then we wouldn't see all that fancy mountain gear you sell.

  • I work for Land SAR in NZ i could do this alone with two ropes, x2 ID and some webbing. the setup you guys have is way to complicated and takes to much time to setup! Other than that its a good video, keep up the good work.

  • very sturdy and comfortable.>>> Easy to carry. I bought stabilizer straps and they just made it that much safer. Price was good.

  • It's be cheaper to get tree cimbing gear off Amazon
    2. 200ft static rope
    1 hand asender/ petzl decener
    1foot asender
    2 climbing harness
    1pully block
    5. Climbing carabiners

  • Where is the extra friction biner for the ID? Use a D4 next time. This is one of the most time-consuming, inefficient method of rescue I've ever seen.

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