Been a busy fall season here in Minnesota. I spent 7 days in NY attend a ropes that rescue course on personal rescue skills. It was intense and physically demanding. Much learning occurred. The final exam was conducting a solo 100' rescue, hauling your victim from bottom to top. At the beginning of the week I would have said 'impossible' but it was quite doable. The rig consists of a Petzl frog ascending system with a SOF run from the handled ascender to the victim. The victim is on a grigri. Both are backed up on Petzl ASAPs. The rescue ascends until the SOF is fully extended. Then hauls the victim on the SOF using a 2nd handled ascender to add leg power to the haul system. The rescuer uses the victims grigri as the progress capture device. First Saturday in October we conducted a squad level training event at a local open pit mine. Only a handful of people have been in this pit in the last 100 years. I'm at the transition to vertical, hauling a wrecked mountain bike out that some jackass threw into the pit.