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CAMERA SPOTLIGHT

The Place to View all the Various RTR Venues


Japan

Meet the Instructor: Reed Thorne

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  • Artist/illustrator Satoshi Takagi made a wonderful custom T shirt for the students through Yushiro Abe, host for the Custom Japanese Rope Rescue Workshop in 2015.

  • Litter operation near Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan

  • A double A-frame Vortex extravaganza for a long tracking line offset down to the river edge far below. We are using the pedestrian bridge venue - Shikoku, Tokushima

  • A long tracking line offset from the pedestrial bridge veneu.

  • Reed and Keith Thorne pose with students of the 2018 Japan Rope Rescue Course hosted by Mr. Yasuhiro Abe. Special Rock Exotica Shirts were made for all the students and both Instructors. 

  • Keith Thorne chows down on some rather excellent Japanese style vegetables. 

  • From far left, Keith Thorne, RTR Assistant Instructor, Yamaji, Osuga, John Meiki (our interpreter for Japan courses), Hayayshida, Toshima and Reed Thorne far right (with the chop sticks). John Meiki is half American as his mother was from New York. He is the prefect interpreter! And a good friend indeed! 

  • Interpreter Ryoko AOSAKI ("Betty")青崎 涼子 inspecting a well placed Arizona Vortex jamb pole near Shikoku, Tokushima, Japan. Betty is National Licensed English Tour Guide / JMGA trekking guide. 

  • Called a "resultant only" active luffing operation using an AZ Vortex A-Frame. 

  • Japanese maples turning beautiful autumn colors in November at the entrance of the Iya Gorge (祖谷渓) in Tokushima Prefecture during Japan Rope Rescue Program in 2017.

  • Platform used for rescue class in 2017 during the class with Abe & Yano in Shikoku
    at  小歩危峡谷: Koboke Canyon (Tokushima Prefecture), Japan

     

  • 吉野川小歩危峡谷 Koboke Canyon, Yoshino River in Tokushima, Japan
    The platform used for rescue class in 2017 during the class with Abe & Yano in Shikoku at 吉野川小歩危峡谷 Koboke Canyon, Yoshino River (Tokushima Prefecture), Japan

  • Keith Thorne of RTR is the instructor for this setup using the Arizona Vortex near Shikoku, Tokushima, Japan

    吉野川小歩危峡谷 Koboke Canyon, Yoshino River in Tokushima, Japan

  • Far left, Japanese interpreter,Ryoko AOSAKI ("Betty")青崎 涼子.  seated next to Reed Thorne.  Betty is National Licensed English Tour Guide / JMGA trekking guide. Across the table is Keith Thorne, and sitting next to him is Yasuhiro Abe, organizer of the 2017 Japan Rope Rescue Course. 

     

  • Abundant awesome sushi! Yeji Cheon, Korean Interpreter, sitting next to Yasuhio Abe, organizer of the 2017 Japan Rope Rescue Course. 

  • Keith and Reed about to dive into some awesome Japanese food. Keith is going for the veggies and Reed is eyeing the sushi bar.

  • Yasuhiro Abe is a leading figure in Japanese rope rescue and rigging. "Abe" as he likes to be known by, is pronounced like the word "obey" except with an "a" instead of the "o". It is NOT pronounced like "Abe" Lincoln. 

    He has attended rope courses all over the USA and Canada from Rigging For Rescue, CMC and Ropes That Rescue. He is well respected and is the impetus behind bringing Ropes That Rescue to Japan in 2015 and again the 2017 Japan Rope Rescue Course, some of which is seen here in in this slide show. Abe has also brought out a full Japanese contingent to Arizona in 2013 and 2014. 

  • Jonghoon HYUN. We just cal him "JH" for short. JH is one of our students who has been coming to RTR for many years from South Korea. He usually leads a strong South Korean "Contingent" to the States for some type of program. He is a strong rigger and his business in SK has sold much Rock Exotica gear over the years. 

  • Pedestrian Bridge venue - Shikoku, Tokushima, Japan

  • The South Korean "contingent" posing during the Japan Rope Rescue Course in November 2017. At top with white shirt is Jonghoon Kyun ("JH"), the leader of that contingent. JH is a leader in his country and has made several trips to the USA to take many RTR programs. This was a litter operation near Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan using the Arizona Vortex.

  • We just cal him "JH" for short. JH is one of our students who has been coming to RTR for many years from South Korea. He usually leads a strong South Korean "Contingent" to the States for some type of program. He is a strong rigger and his business in SK has sold much Rock Exotica gear over the years. 

  • RTR has been 'sponsoring' (Adopt-A-Highway) a two mile section of Arizona scenic highway 89-A in Oak Creek Canyon since 1993. This beautiful scenic section is just above Midgley Bridge and includes a spectacular vista of the red rock Mitten Ridge and famous Teapot Rock (just behind the right sign post). 

  • This John William Waterhouse painting illustrates Alfred Tennyson's poem The Lady of Shalott. Draped over the boat is the fabric the lady wove in a tower near Camelot. But she brought a curse on herself by looking directly at Sir Lancelot. With her right hand she lets go of the chain mooring the boat. Her mouth is slightly open, as she sings 'her last song'. She stares at a crucifix lying in front of her. Beside it are three candles, often used to symbolize life. Two have blown out. This suggests her life will end soon, as she floats down the river.

    From Reed Thorne:  The classic Brittish Pre-Raphaelite style John William Waterhouse painting of The Lady of Shalott from the Tenneyson Poem. The painting is my favorite classical piece found in the Tate Museum in London. I stood in awe of it when I visited the Tate in 1974.