While scouting the "new" Dragon’s Tooth with my son on Saturday, we saw a ~10′ R2 get stuck in the Hairy Ferry wave with it’s crew fighting to stay on it’s high side after giving up and trying to work their way out of the hole.
They had attempted to toss a rope (tied to their boat) to the bank, which was trailing downriver.
I made my way to river left with my rope, and as I prepared it to toss, I realized that my rope end had my demo Crossline Capture Device on it.
When I was in the industry, I was looking into representing Crossline’s brilliant (though VERY expensive) line capture device. Check it out here:
One bad toss (my rope hadn’t been out of my waist-worn bag in ~years?), then i crossed their line on the second toss, just as Ryan Mooney showed up to help pull the line in, detach our line from theirs, and then pull their raft out of the hole.
It worked PERFECTLY!
This device is AWESOME!!! TONS of brilliant rescue applications. Don’t buy one for yourself, buy it for your friends. A must-have for steep creepers. Check out the Crossline website for some demo videos.
August 2, 2012
Always cool to hear accounts of equipment working out as it should.
It’s funny I happened to stumble upon the crossline just today while browsing gear online. Its a cool looking piece and I’m glad to hear it works well.
Ive had good success with a similar product, wild water snag plate, that sits in the bottom of the throwbag and is on the cheaper side comparatively.
These snag/capture devices are a great add on to the basic rescue system. Definitely have a good use and wish I saw more out there to save my ass eventually.
I would be very interested in the second one made of aluminum or stainless steel at around $50.
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