No.35  SRT Techniques from around the world (3)

 

In 2018 The Wooden Hand produced a hand drawn booklet about SRT techniques which features climbers from Japan, Germany, New Zealand, UK and America. Each month this year I will introduce a technique at ODSK.

 

'Equalizer' by Lawrence Schultz (USA)

Lawrence Schultz or 'Pfannerman' as people know him from his popular youtube channel

is a pioneering climber and rigger from the US, formally the east coast but now in

California. He creates inspiring techniques that push the limits of arboreal movement and

rigging.

Wether a climber is working in one wide spreading tree or between poles of Pine, these

two techniques, 'Equalizer' and 'Tranferlizer' are very useful. Additionaly they will teach

you to configure two belay points and surely push your skills as climbers.

"The closest I have come to anything original is a class of remotely set, adjustable and

retrievable redirects.

So let me set the stage - You're out on a limb and see a re-direct opportunity that you can

throw to, an isolated system wouldn't hold your weight by itself so it is time for the

'Equalizer'.

Throw a second rope over the crotch and drop the working end back to yourself. Clip the

karabiner above your main system and with a combination of slack release (system 1) and

haul (system 2), the karabiner can be lifted into position, giving you a floating, adjustable

and load sharing redirect that is anchored to you and controlled at the harness.

I call it the Equalizer because there is more equal loading between the main anchor and

redirect point than if you used a second isolated system.

To keep it from shifting around you must let out equal amounts of slack from each belay

when you repel. System 2 can be unweighted and flicked back to you - leave a throw

bag on the karabiner to ease the friction.”

“Another option is the TRANFERLIZER - use a hard connection for an easy and secure

way to navigate between the redirect point and main anchor."