Reed Thorne - co-designer of the Rock Exotica Arizona Vortex Multipod

This workshop hosted by R3 Safety and Rescue is being delivered by Reed Thorne, founder of Ropes That Rescue and the co-designer of the Rock Exotica Arizona Vortex Multipod.

Recognizing the need for advanced-level train-the-trainer instruction on the use of any "artificial high directional" (AHD), Ropes That Rescue is offering the 7 day ARTIFICIAL HIGH DIRECTIONAL WORKSHOP (AHDW) suitable for fire, emergency service and rope access professionals. This AHDW is meant to assist the rope rescue instructor with information relative to the use of manufactured high directionals.

This workshop would be suitable for ANY manufactured or improvised high directional (not including wood frame) and will focus on the Rock Exotica Arizona Vortex Multipod (Students requesting input on the Larkin Frame, SMC Terradaptor, or Ferno Arachnipod are required to bring the device with them to the workshop).

This will be an intensive 7 day workshop with long days and multiple evening sessions and is designed for experienced rope rescue and rope access practitioners and instructors.

The workshop concentrates on constructed frames in general and is not intended to teach highlines, advanced pulley systems, or offsets (although some of these are touched upon). Physics, as it relates to high directionals, is covered in an extensive manual and several lectures. The AHDW is a hands-on workshop on the use and correct implementation of AHD’s for industry and natural settings. The AHDW is also well suited for teaching rope access professionals the benefits of constructed frames in their work.



  • Physics of high directionals
  • Extensive knot-craft for securing the Arizona Vortex in advanced setup positions
  • Use of high directionals to eliminate or reduce edge forces
  • Proper set up (A to Z) of any manufactured or improvised AHD
  • Anchoring the Arizona Vortex for static and dynamic events
  • At-the-edge, and back-from-the-edge AHD set up.
  • Guying the improvised and manufactured AHD's with rope/webbing
  • Working with the Arizona Vortex bipod (A frame or Sideways A frame); guying concerns etc.
  • Working with the Arizona Vortex monopod (gin pole); guying concerns etc.
  • Arizona Vortex Lazy leg SA frame set ups (optional)
  • Active (luffing over the edge) and passive guying of bipod Arizona Vortex
  • Rigging Arizona Vortex pods and A pods
  • Strengthening overly-extended legs on the Arizona Vortex
  • Use of the rope capstan winches with the Arizona Vortex
  • Similar and paradoxical motion when entering the hazard zone under any AHD at the edge
  • Arizona Vortex V frame and double A frame set ups
  • Cantillevered Arizona Vortex set ups
  • Tandem AHD's



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