BOOKS

Trading Steel for Stone: Tales of a Rustbelt Refugee Turned Rocky Mountain Rescuer

When the author, Tom Wood, began his career as a volunteer mountain rescuer with the Alpine Rescue Team in Colorado seventeen years ago, he was a clueless Youngstowner fresh off the interstate from Ohio who didn't know Gore-Tex from Tex-Mex. He had a lifetime of ridiculously dangerous pursuits and backcountry sins to atone for, so he became a Rocky Mountain rescuer with the intention of repaying the massive karmic debt he had accumulated. This is the story of how a career in volunteer service to others transformed a self-absorbed Rustbelt redneck adrenaline junkie into one of the nation's leading voices in technical rope rescue.

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ESSAY: Ice Age Prophecies and the Dead Killer

Youngstown has long been known for its rise and fall as a 20th century steel town turned crime town, but the city that inspired Bruce Springsteen and scores of outsider journalists, filmmakers, and artists has not been recognized for the stories of its own residents. Until now.

High Angle Rope Rescue Techniques, 4th Edition

Contributing Author

Your Definitive High Angle Rope Rescue Guide! The fourth edition of High-Angle Rope Rescue Techniques: Levels I & II provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of high-angle rescue, including planning, PPE and equipment, medical considerations, evacuations, and special rescue operations.

Professional Rope Access: A Guide To Working Safely at Height, 1st Edition

Contributing Author

Guides the reader in the development and maintenance of a rope access program * Provides comprehensive guidance for employers, safety managers and rope access technicians to develop, maintain, and manage a rope access program * Offers specific guidance for writing a comprehensive managed fall protection plan that includes rope access * Thoroughly describes how to perform specific rope access maneuvers that can be used to offer greater safety when working at height * Shows how a well-managed rope access program can be used as a tool to get more work accomplished at a lower cost and with greater efficiency than conventional methods can achieve * Discusses and clarifies unique distinctions of equipment for rope access, as compared with equipment for fall arrest, positioning, and restraint.


ARTICLES

5280 Magazine

The Dark Side of Search and Rescue

 

MRA Blog

April Fool's Day 2013

The Meridian

The Rescue and Caving Industry Loses a Pioneer

 

The Meridian

Biblical Floods, Epic Response

The Meridian

Suicide Missions: A Conversation

 

The Meridian

Suicide Missions: A Conversations, Part II


OTHER WORKS

5280 Magazine

Interview

 

MRA Webinar Series

Anchors Aweigh: Load Sharing Anchor Options

MRA Webinar Series

Suicide Missions: Coping Strategies for Dealing with Suicide Recoveries in the Backcountry

 

PMI Webinar Series

Rope Access in the Wireless Industry

PMI Webinar Series

WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE: Rope Access Rescue VS Backcountry High Angle Rescue Techniques

 

PMI Webinar Series

Down on the Farm: Grain Bin Rescue Basics Using the TerrAdaptorâ„¢ Tripod