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Explain and show pics of the gear you use, as well as how you carry/pack it, including but not limited to:

rope (length and type, etc), shackles, carabiners, slings, hitches and rope grumps, pulleys, pulling devices (winches, come-a-longs, etc), anchors (ice, snow, whatever), jacks (anyone use a powder jack???)

What works, what do you use for what job, (towing busted sleds, ice shacks, skidding logs, etc)

Right now I'm in the market for some longer ropes. Currently carry 1/4 inch amsteel blue. It's awesome for being small and light. I want more/longer but it's expensive so I'm looking at yacht rope and arborist/climbing rope. It will also be nice to have a rope that I can make knots in (like bowline or figure-8-on-a-bight) and be able to use climbing accessories with.

I've been looking at auto-jamming pulleys, which when pulled automatically hold the rope so you don't loose any ground. A system like this would make pulling out a stuck sled easy. You would simply connect the sled to a tree with a rope and the pulley, stand midway from the tree to the sled, pull the slack out of the rope, the pull the rope sideways (deflection) to move the sled. Pull again to take up any slack and repeat.

Include links to any great vendors or pricing you have found.

Off the top of my head:

I buy Erickson 1" x 15' white stretch slings at Princess Auto for $12.99 when they're on sale.

I buy steel carabiners from "Kevlar Gaffs" on ebay.

Synthetic winch line from Amsteelblue.com

Blitzkrueg products (ebay and on the net) makes an awesome snatch block for synthetic (or steel) winch rope, up to 1/4 inch I think, maybe 5/16. http://www.blitzkrueg.com/catalog/item/7064805/7356952.htm

I'll be back with my own pics.

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There is a topic on Adventure Rider similar to this and it has a small billet lever action come along, I've searched and searched triny to find it with no luck. I even PMed the OP and never found any info on it. I'd love to have it as it was cable-less and would work awesome with the Mule Tape.
 

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Here is one I did a few years back. Used to be pinned. Lots of great ideas.

http://www.dootalk.com/forums/topic/448197-self-rescue-for-wilderness-travel/?hl=%20self%2
That's an awesome writeup. I like the fiddle block setup shown.

The knot you show (figure eight) is the same one that we're trained with at work for mine rescue, and I use quite a bit as an electrician. One of the easiest and most useful knots out there. Easy to tie in the middle of a line, or tie around an objject, like you've shown on your tundra bumper.

There is a topic on Adventure Rider similar to this and it has a small billet lever action come along, I've searched and searched triny to find it with no luck. I even PMed the OP and never found any info on it. I'd love to have it as it was cable-less and would work awesome with the Mule Tape.
Link to that thread?
 

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There is a topic on Adventure Rider similar to this and it has a small billet lever action come along, I've searched and searched triny to find it with no luck. I even PMed the OP and never found any info on it. I'd love to have it as it was cable-less and would work awesome with the Mule Tape.
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These are the cheapest rated carabiners I could find. They're steel, so they're heavy (but strong). The strongest I have are rated at 50 kn, which is about 11,000 lbs-force (which I think is the same as just lbs).

I buy them from ebay: http://stores.ebay.com/PILTZ-Hot-Saws-Tarzan-Ziplines-LLC?_trksid=p2047675.l2563

They have sales quite often and have worked with me on discounts for large orders and shipping, so get your friends together.

All require a twist to open the gate. They work pretty good even when frozen and slush covered, and can be operated while wearing gloves.

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Here you can see the small hook on the tip of the carabiner. This interlocks with a pin in the gate for strength. It's a bit of a pain because it snags on rope and slings.

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These are the stronger version. The tip is bulged to interlock with the gate. No hook so no snagging.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/CARABINER-STEEL-Twist-Lock-50KN-or-11200Lb-Auto-Locking-/271049924014

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This style is large enough to snap on to the ski spindle of expeditions and other trailing arm sleds. Even easier to open with mitts on.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/LARGE-STEEL-CARABINER-Twist-Locking-35KN-or-7800Lb-/290446793162

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.These are the sheaves from Blitzkrueg products. They have a website and ebay store. These sheaves are increadibly heavy duty. They work great with atv winches and can take up to 5/16 rope. They are heavy and made of steel, and they;re cheap! Very smooth and absolutely no chance of your rope getting off the pulley. You set these and forget about them, lay them down, flip them, your rope is still on the pulley.

http://www.blitzkrueg.com/catalog/item/7064805/7356952.htm

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Erickson makes really nice stretchy slings for yanking out sled, trucks or bulldozers. They come in 1 inch wide up to 6 inch wide, as well as 12 inch wide (not sure what this one's for as it could probably pull the space shuttle out of a slush hole).

The 1 inch only comes 15 feet long, which is perfect for out application.

Reg price is about $24 CDN, but they're one sale every other week for 12.99.

http://www.princessauto.com/en/detail/1-in-x-15-ft-7-500-lb-recovery-strap/A-p8020946e

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We use two in a V configuration to pull sleds or ice shacks. The single carabiner snaps on to the pulling snowmobiles hitch (more on this later) and the two free ends of the slings wrap around the pogo shock front suspension on skandics or the ski spindle on trailing arm sleds, or simply to the shackles on an ice shack.

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Hey so this thread caught my eye from the nature of my work (I erect tower cranes).
As far as the captive pulley, I've got a petzl traxion I use for hauling gear up, it's great! You could even carry another small pulley to make a block and tackle. For pulling, I'd recommend a Kito LX005 (1/2t) or LX003(1/4t) they're nice light come a longs, my lx005 with 8' of chain instead of the standard 4' was about $350 last year. They're sold under the harrington brand in the states.
 

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I had some leftover chunks of 3/16 amsteel blue rope so I made a tiny, super light bridle for pulling. This is used the same as the slings in a V configuration, but I don't yank with these as the ropes have no stretch. It's really nice that they are light and small enough to keep in a jacket pocket.

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Now for the big $$$

These are two bags of synthetic winch rope.

amsteelblue.com has the best price I've found.

The big bag is 350' of 1/4 inch and the smaller is about 200' or 3/16.

I've had four skandics connected to my 5000 lbs+ ice shack (stuck in a slush hole). Two yanks using the white slings to give a little stretch and the shack was out, and my sleds hitch was stretched. The rope is awesome strong, and light. The big bag here only weighs a few pounds and goes with me everywhere I go.

I keep them in the plastic sleeve they were shipped in, but want to make or buy some bags with a brass grommet to stuff them in.

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Cheapo chinese double sheave from ebay. It's good for the big rope in the rope-a-long puller somebody posted above. I wouldn't use with the synthetic rope because the rope can too easily get caught beside the sheaves.

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Easy to add a second pulley, or rope termination to the double sheave. This thing's only rated to 35 kn and being chinese I wouldn't trust it all that much, although I have loaded them up pretty good.

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I've posted these links before. The first is how to make a loop in the end of your synthetic rope, the second is how to splice two pieces together. These are not my pictures, they are from [email protected] on pirate4x4, hopefully he doesn't mind me using them here.

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http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/general-4x4-discussion/177074-places-az-get-winch-rope-fixed.html#post1949600

If you break your rope and want to splice two pieces back together:

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http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/general-4x4-discussion/177344-end-splicing-winch-rope-warning-lots-pics.html

And, lots of people don't know about, or have never played with soft shackles (souds sexy!!) I've never taken the time to make some, but it's on my to do list. It's a method of attachment that uses a short piece of synthetic rope in place of a screw pin shackle or carabiner. Easy to make and keep in your pocket.

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http://www.balancecommunity.com/slack-science/comparison-soft-shackle-methods/
 

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