What would you do with 600ft of Sterling Rope?

Can you imagine the possibilities? 600ft, that’s equal to almost two football fields turned vertically! You could easily climb the to the top of Red Rocks and have rope to spare! Or, you could be like the badass people at the Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue Team and give mother nature some good ole fashioned TLC baby! She ain’t too proud to beg!

This is what went down thanks to Shawne Martinez, the winner of Rope and Rescue’s last contest in December of 2015, in which the prize was also 600ft of Sterling Rope! You see, Shawne is a part of this kick-ass Oregon Search and Rescue team and actually donated his to his squad. The story could end there and that alone would be awesome. But nope, they ended up using it for an environmentalist/rope access dream job. Happy Earth day Indeed!

Theses wonderful humans were in charge of cleaning up Multnomah Falls in Oregon, mission impossible style. We caught up with Marcel Rodriguez, the Rope Team (RST) lead and shot the breeze a little bit about the job. “The cleanup was at one of Oregon’s most visited and photographed locations. The area has great historical significance, so we were under very tight restrictions around access, technique, and possible damage.” Rodriguez said when we asked him about the gig. “One of our senior rope team members, Ken Snell, took the lead for planning. We spent 6 weeks planning the missions, which included multiple full-scale run throughs at a separate location. Once we had it dialed in, we assigned rotating duties to each member for each of the 8 missions. We arrived before dawn and had the first 6 missions completed by 10:30 AM with no incident and only minor disruption to the flow of foot traffic across the historic bridge. The bridge missions used a monopod setup for ease of access and minimizing any possibility of damage to the bridge. The missions were challenging for the attendants, due to the proximity of the waterfall to the rope.”

  • How's it hanging down there?
  • Pre Dawn Pre Adventure Picture
  • Under the Bridge Down Thereeee, Is Where I Picked Up Trash
  • I spy a Search and Rescue team memeber doing big things for the world

Rodriguez told us there were some challenges the RST team had to overcome with the setup. “The guiding line mission was interesting from several perspectives. The primary reason we were asked to come out was to recover a quadcopter drone that someone has flown into the side of the cliff about 75′ up, in plain view to visitors. To recover the drone, we needed to come in from 100′ above its location. That requirement posed several issues:

    1. There was no reasonable haul field at that location.
    2. The cliff is covered with moss, and any contact would leave visible scars.
    3. At the base of the cliff is a 40′ wide rushing river.

We decided to use a long guiding line so that the attendant could be lowered on a mirrored system while the guiding line was tensioned enough to keep him off the wall. Once the drone was recovered, the guiding line was tensioned and the attendant was moved horizontally approximately 200′ over the river and onto the observation platform. We had a load cell on the guiding line during the operation and the highest force we saw was 1.4 kN.”

  • Boom Baby that's what we're talking about!
  • Chillin'... Hard

The Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue team runs 100% off donations and uses those donations to help with its surrounding community. We really couldn’t think of a better home for that rope. Thanks again to Shawne Martinez for entering last years Rope and Rescue contest and spreading the love to his Search and Rescue team. There really is no end to the great things that can be done with 600ft of quality Sterling rope, so what are you waiting for? We have a new contest going down! Enter here by reading our blog post about lanyards during a rescue, comment with your thoughts, and boom, you’ve entered! Post a picture on Instagram tag us and take the #HaveStandardsDontCutLanyards pledge (and get another entry)!!

Amy LavinWhat would you do with 600ft of Sterling Rope?

Comments 2

  1. Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue, Inc.

    Happy Earth Day back! For those in the community interested in more detail:

    The Rope Support Team executed 6 technical missions as a part of the cleanup (three monopod-based bridge missions, two missions on the cliffs next to the bridge, and a 320′ guiding line-based mission to recover a quadcopter drone on a sensitive cliff face). Approximately 4500′ of rope were deployed during the missions, including 1500′ on the guiding line operation alone. All missions were conducted with minimal disruption to the flow of traffic on the bridge and observation platform. Shawne’s 600′ Sterling Rope was used on each of those missions.

  2. Shawne Martinez

    Adriana Sleigh Marcel Rodriguez Ken Snell Tony Hobkirk Carsten Jensen Marty Hinkle Scott Houser
    YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME! Thank you for getting out there and doing this! I just provided some of the rope. Lol 🙂

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