Blindingly obvious

I find “blindingly obvious” questions really interesting. Things that are apparently so self-explanatory that no one bothers to discuss them. Until you get talking about them that is – and it becomes apparent that everybody is talking about different things. Questions regarding working with ladders, using the GRCS or a Port-a-Wrap, use of a lanyard. Superficially all the above are not rocket science*, but there is more depth to these issues than is obvious at first glance.

Or how about this one… how to flip a line or a lanyard around a large diameter tree stem without them ending up below your feet?

You often see people ineffectually attempting to swing a line around at hip-height, resulting in it coming around way too low. By far the most efficient way to do this is as shown below: you tension the line between your hands behind your back at the height of your shoulder blades, then flip it around – obviously being careful not to smack yourself in the face, as when you do this, the line remains at about the same height.

Easy, you say? Blindingly obvious, you say?

That may be so, but if no one ever bothers to say it, you will never know about things like this. I was certainly very grateful when Knut Foppe showed me this trick and use it often.

*Actually, one of my all time favorite film lines was in the 2013 film “Gravity”, when George Clooney’s character, Matt Kowalski, posthumously (ok, that was another selling point of the film, the fact that George Clooney dies twenty minutes into the flick… yay! Just to return as a ghost?! Seriously? I suppose it is just a film) says to Dr. Ryan Stone, played by Sandra Bullock, who is attempting to fly a Sojuz module through a field of space debris – without any training – , “Come one, it’s not as though it were rocket science”.

Which, of course for once, it is! Made the whole film worthwhile for me…