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Old 08-21-2016   #1
 
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Is anyone running pigs rigs in their pin kits? My swiftwater rescue course emphasized the z drag.

I'm going to put a kit together and was looking at lengths and types of rope. Probably going with the Bluewater II plus in 1/2 (13mm) for the haul line.

Not really sure what to get for the second rope if I go pig rig.


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Old 08-22-2016   #2
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I have 300' of that BlueWater II Plus in 1/2". Quality stuff. I like it. I also take along 300' of BlueWater's BW-HR3 River Rescue Rope in 1/2". The BW-HR3 floats. BW II + doesn't. Just so you know.
We used the BW II + extensively in the SWR Class I took. It worked quite well.
300' is a lot of rope in this diameter. I have them both in a Butterfly Coil and it's damn near four feet long folded in half and roughly ten to eleven inches in diameter, roughly. The web site has the weight of course.
It's a pretty extensive Pin Kit but I have the real estate for it...
Because I have a "Pig Rig".
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What is a pig rig?
Never mind. I just googled it. 4:1 low angle rope rescue system.

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I just read a rescue story that involved a pig rig. Only two persons available to pull a gear boat out of Whitehorse on the Deschutes. The pig rig was the solution, was able to remove the boat from the rock. I'm thinking about adding one to my kit now too.
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What is a pig rig?
Never mind. I just googled it. 4:1 low angle rope rescue system.

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The multiplication changes with the system you are using, but it greatly increases the leverage on your system. If you toss 6 good pulling adults on a pig rig, something is likely to slip or break. They are good in limited man power or limited angle operations.
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