No.37  SRT Techniques from around the world (5)


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.


'One Rope Two Lines' by Sam Evan Turner (New Zealand)

Sam says:

“With regards to finding the perfect rope length, there always seems to have been the need to

strike a compromise between versatility and practicality. That is to say that a long rope means you

never have to worry about not being able to reach the ground or climb the taller trees; but it does

mean that rope management becomes far more tiresome and the rope is heqvier to carry around.

Consequently a shorter rope is justifiably an informed choice for many, but when one (wisely) intends

to incorporate a rescue line into their daily work, it soon becomes apparent that you’re back

to carrying too much rope around most of the time.

The versatility of SRT work positioning seems to be inexhaustible, as shown by the beautifully simplistic

method of creating two distinct climbing lines simply by halving your existing line. By using

this method you retain the utility offered by a long continuous length of rope for when you need it

but gain the benefits of two shorter ropes.”

“Anchor is the ‘Cake and Eat it’ Figure Nine Knot Block.”

“Lines are interchangeable, or use both at same time.”

Sam sent me some pictures of ideas for anchors using his ‘One Rope Two Lines’ idea, they were

interesting and complexly configured. I also love to create anchors and came up with a few ideas

too. I wonder what you can think of for finding ways to Knot-Block a bight of rope? Send photos