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Old 01-15-2007   #1
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Rescue Vest Question

I have a X-Tract rescue vest. I have practiced using the rescue harnass, but I was wondering about the attachment at the very bottom center of the vest. There is a small metal rectangular type loop at the bottom. I think this is either for attaching to a climbing harnass, or for running leg loops through the vest for vertical extraction.

I have seen this on other vests as well. Can someone explain how it works for me?

Ok, I just looked on the web site, and I guess you use a cam strap, but can someone explain specifics for how you would rig this?:

* Crotch-harness capable - Add one 6 footer cam strap to your rescue kit. Position itÂ’s Ancra buckle at front for easy release. Adds an extra measure of security for particular rescue situations.

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Old 01-15-2007   #2
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You nailed it. That's what it is for. They don't list any details for a liability reasons. It's not rated as rescue item, but if it worked for you great. Put you mind to it and you'll find other uses.

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Old 01-15-2007   #3
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It's sort of hard to explain how it works over the internet, but I cover this in my Swiftwater Rescue classes which I will be doing this spring and fall. I teach 2 or 3 techniques for turning a piece of tubular webbing into a climbing/repelling harness, and also how to use it to lower yourself into a challenging rescue. If you are interested in a course, you can contact me directly. I usually do them for $150/person and you can get your own private group.

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