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I haven't done this escape in a number of years but I have quite a few shows coming up that I would like to do it again in.

I'm having a contractor build a stackable super structure with an electric winch so that the escape can be performed anywhere there is level ground and electricity (any stage), but I specifically had it built for my smaller theatre shows. When upright, it will stand just over 10 1/2' feet tall on lockable castors and I will be clear of the ground by about 3'. The tower itself should break down and pack 5 1/2' x 5 1/2' x 2' so it will fit into my trailer no problem.

When I used to perform this escape, I was restricted on where I could do it. It was either outside using a large crane or in large theatres that had "flies."

For my ankles I used to use a combination of thick soft rope, newspapers and cowboy boots. I would wrap my ankles in newspapers to about 1/2" thick and then put my cowboy boots on over top of that. Then, using a series of wrapping knots, wind the ropes around each ankle. The knots were tied so that they tightened when the ropes were supporting my weight. The ropes would then be hitched to what ever device was lifting me. The newpapers and boots helped keep the ropes from cutting off the circulation to my feet.

I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on what I might be able to use that is just as effective.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,

Rob
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For the lower rig as above, straps made from car seat belts are the cheapest and easiest to rig. A double independant strap (One for each ankle) Gives a little more self confidence. By looping the straps a slide ring on each will allow for a quick insertion and exit.
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Rob,

I use a rig I designed for my Tribune HSJ escape in 1967,
yes I'm still using it to this day,..... way over 100 times!
With and without fire,20 feet to 1500 feet under a helicoptler!
NEVER A WORRY!!!
I designed it so after my HSJ escape I could reach up and release
my feet,and come down waving to the crowd!

If your interested PM me !!

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Rob-

What I have used is an ankle harness for bungee jumping. You can find some of the equipment here:

http://www.adrenalindreams.com/equipment.html

Though honestly, I would love to hear more about the rig Mr. Escape used!

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Gentlemen,

Thank you very much for your input.

Kondini, the webbing sounds like a good possibility and I will look into it.

Steve, I have PM'd you and am very interested in what you have to share.

Allan, good advice. I never even thought of bungee equipment. They are a little expensive, but might be a good investment if I don't feel confident enough to construct my own riggings.

Thanks again,

Rob
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Some people have used inversion boots to. for the upside down sj escape.
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Don, what are their names and email address?
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Dean Gunnerson used inversion boots, when he was hanging out at Hoover Dam.

I use a spliced loop of 1 1/2" rope. When it's folded right, my own weight provides the security. And I can get out of it easily, if I need to. Every time I use it, I test it 3 or 4 times first.

And I wear boots with a top that covers my ankles.
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If you are interested in webbing check out an "endless loop". It is sewn onto itself and will hold 1,400 lbs. You can slip it through itself for a "knot" that wont' come undone.

Another option is to make a full body harness which is what I prefer. There was a thread on it awhile ago. If you can't find it holler and I'll get you a link to it.

Have a great one!

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CLYDE!!! You are back!!!
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Yes, sorry not to get back to you Wolf and Perry.... I'll be doing so shortly. I'm still limping along while getting my new computer set up following a crash of my old system (yet again). Thanks for the warm greeting!

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On 2005-04-23 02:22, Bigelow wrote:
Don, what are their names and email address?
David


I have used rope, web slings, gravity boots and bungee harnessing for suspended escapes. Personally I think the bungee stuff wins out for comfort security.

Gravity boots lock good though, especially when you hang off a trapeze with them. but I would not trust them for escapes which require a lot of movement, or outdoors in any conditions other than perfect. Even then the wind can whip up without warning. However as I used to perform trapeze they do mean that I can use the bar for some trapeze moves after the escape, which can add some nice touchs.

Me using Gravity (Inversion) boots to hang off a trapeze during an escape.

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Welcome back Clyde!! Take your time, nothing way important

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Good to see you again Pastor Clyde. Great picture David!
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Clyde, add me to the list to welcome you back.

I appreciate all the input from you all. Steve Baker, thank you VERY much for the phone call and all the great advice. It was indeed a pleasure to speak with you and I'm looking forward to receiving your DVD.

I have looked at all the options and have decided to put out the money for the bungee rigging. It has a good safety record and is built to be as comfortable as possible for the job that it does. I have placed an order this morning with a company that manufactures them. It turns out that they are not situated too far from where I live ( a couple of hours down the road).

Again thanks for all the input.

Rob
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Hi Rob

Let me guess. Ampspec right Smile They do great work. I have several of their harnesses.

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Hi David,

Actually, it's Bungee Consultants International http://www.bungeeconsultants.com/

They're located in the Ottawa, Ontario, Canada area. They seem to be pretty reputable and will custom make your harnesses if you don't like their "standard" models.

I'm looking forward to trying them on.

All the best,

Rob
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Duhh.. for some reason your web address made me think of California... I need more sleep and less work... Smile
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Hahaha, pleasant dreams DS. Smile
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David,

Do you have a link to Ampspec? Or other contact details?

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