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NCRC weeklong - rack requirements?

PostPosted: Mar 26, 2008 1:16 pm
by chrismc
So I think I've conned, er, convinced a couple friends from the local fire dept to come down to Alabama for the weeklong this year. I'm helping them out with a gear list, and we came to the issue of rappel racks. Their standard department racks are aluminum, which isn't so popular among cavers. I *recommended* they invest in some stainless steel racks, but what is the official stance? Will they be able to use their aluminum racks on NCRC rope?

Thanks!

Re: NCRC weeklong - rack requirements?

PostPosted: Mar 26, 2008 1:35 pm
by Carl Amundson
This is the only "official" requirements that I know of:
(from NCRCBrochure2008.pdf)
DESCENT DEVICE
Any of the following four devices are acceptable:
1. A standard rack
2. A three-bar Micro rack with a hyper-bar (4 bars total)
3. A bobbin-type descender with off-set or safety carabiner
4. A “Rescue Eight” with ears

Nothing mentions steel or aluminum.

They should be fine with what they have (as long as they know how to use them).

Re: NCRC weeklong - rack requirements?

PostPosted: Mar 26, 2008 3:18 pm
by Tim White
Aluminum bars are fine.