WHAT IS THE ARIZONA VORTEX?
The ARIZONA VORTEX (or AZV) is expressly considered an "artificial high directional" used as a true 1) high frame directional (at the edge or over an opening) or 2) anchor frame. It is so named from it's development in the rugged highlands of northern Arizona’s Oak Creek Canyon through the rigging and rescue school, Ropes That Rescue. The term "vortex" came from the many such-named red rock formations in the Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon area which serve the spiritual gnostic cult community and has become a mainstay of Sedona's global tourist popularity. Reed Thörne, the school’s owner developed the AZV with the help of Rock Thompson at Rock Exotica, in Utah. The AZV was created from years of trial and error and of having worked with crude but functional lashed wood frames at RTR. It represents the essence of at-the-edge frames which no standard tripod can match today.
The A.Z.O.R.P. (AZORP = Arizona Omni Rigging Pod) is a valuable accessory to the ARIZONA VORTEX which adds to its ultimate versatility when used in tandem. Anchoring frame back-from-the-edge rigging monopods, bipods and tripods may therefore be constructed using the AZORP + VORTEX adding valuable rigging elements to any rope rescue or rope access operation or job.
The ARIZONA VORTEX is manufactured from T-6 aluminum by Thompson Manufacturing Inc. (Rock Exotica) in Clearfield, Utah and is one of the most versatile and state of the art artificial high directional (AHD) available to rescue and rope access in industry. With training from Ropes That Rescue (the "Arizona" designer), you may use this frame in a variety of ways and in any number of environments from industry to wilderness. It is ideal for confined space rescue, mine rescue, cliff rescue and industrial rescue. It is also well suited to bridge inspectors, rope access, the construction trades and the movie industry.
We offer many instructor-level workshops on the Arizona VORTEX in differing locations around the US, Canada, UK and Australia (and around the world). See the RTR Open Enrollment Schedule for these offerings under "Artificial High Directional Workshop" or AHDW.
SEE PHOTOS OF ARIZONA VORTEX: (all photos are copyrighted)
To view MANY MORE PHOTOS of the ARIZONA VORTEX in Ropes That Rescue workshops arouind the world, go to our TRAINING VENUES. Click on each venue.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON:
- RTR description of the training on the ARIZONA VORTEX
- RTR coming to your agency and training YOUR AGENCY
- See Open Enrollment SCHEDULE for next Artificial High Directional Program (Arizona Vortex training)
- Contact RTR