Hansen Specialities

Thanks for stopping by

We have a lot to share.  Some things are available at no-cost to you, and others at a modest price — so please do look around.  We have two websites built around different business aspects:

Hansen Specialities and High Angle Technologies

Hansen Specialities has to do with Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Hiking, Camping, Wilderness Survival, Backcountry Emergency Skills, and the Natural Environment in general.

High Angle Technologies deals with training, work, rescue, and safety in high places and the natural environment.

These sites include a bunch of items; some things are informational and educational, while others are opportunities to attend training, or join us on an adventure, or other type of class.   There is a lot to learn and understand!   

It makes sense to get training if you choose to participate in any type of risk sport; learning on your own, without a skilled instructor, exposes you to more risk than are obvious…

It seems that “School teaches us the rules, and Experience teaches us the exceptions.”

Anyway, it’s a great sport to share with friends and family, and it is a good way to get to know others.

We like Mountaineering in a broad sense; we enjoy the natural environment, and each other’s company.  It seems we are social creatures.   Reaching a summit is often look at as a crowning achievement; and it is to some extent, but there is more to climbing than difficult routes.  I believe climbing gives us an excuse (as if we need one…) to get outside, to exercise and to fine tune our skills, while enjoying each others company and the natural environment.

    “The best climber in the world is the one that is having the best experience!”

Above, I am traversing from the top of the “Lost Arrow Spire, over to the Rim of Yosemite Valley, CA (photo by unknown backpacker I added the lettering).   It is one of my favorite pictures, but not because it is of me sliding from the tip of the Lost Arrow, over to the Rim of Yosemite Valley; but rather “because of the magic we experienced that day.”    It seems we create synergies when we come together, with a good attitude.  We get to experience our own unique aspects, and we can contribute to our partners experience as well.

This may sound trite, but I figure we are floating around on a great big rubber raft, in the endless ocean of the universe.  If we are smart (and I believe we are) we will realize that our “rubber raft” is getting rather crowded; and for now it is very important that we learn to live together, and cooperate with each other.

“The real winners of life will be those of us who understand competition is NOT an end within itself, but rather a side note we can experience.  The real winners are those who learn how to create positive “SYNERGIES.”   A synergy is a form of cooperation and interaction that is far beyond teamwork.  Once you have experienced it, you will forever be changed.”

I have been fortunate enough to have experience the almost magical power that occurs when we create a synergy.   Many of the jobs and training sessions we have taken part in have had that “magical” sense to them, especially rescues, because we let go of our egos and “cooperate” to save lives and property, or build a set for a TV Commercial, or when we are part of bigger events.

Editing required…

Climbing Lost Lost Arrow and making the traverse from the top to the rim of Yosemite Valley was one of those days.   You can recognize a synergy by the feelings that prevail among the team members, and those working with the team members.

Instead of fighting about whose race is the best (by the way, I figure there is only one race, the “human race,”  so why worry about who’s race is getting the shaft this time, and who is able to smell the roses.  If we can transcend the human experience and move into a spiritual experience, and realized that life is unfair in many ways, and if that is all we focus on we will miss out on the magic that is all around us at any given moment.

As a friend of mine put it, “Sure life can be unfair, but it is equally unfair to us all.”  It can also serve up many amazing experiences, for us to share… if we chose to be part of the them.

“In temporal things the anticipation far exceeds the realization.  In spiritual things, the realization far exceeds the anticipation…”

The Visitor Center can be seen (bottom left, and a baseball diamond (bottom right). The Valley floor is about 2,800 feet below.

If one is not used to the great exposure, this can be mind boggling, sapping much of your physical and mental energy!  It like stepping out of the top window on the Burj Khalifa Dubai, the world’s tallest artificial structure.  It is about 800 meters-tall (2,722 ft).   The building gained the official title of “tallest building in the world” and the tallest self-supported structure at its opening on January 9, 2010.

Steve and I decided to climb Lost Arrow Tip (Above).  We packed up our gear and drove to Yosemite National Park in California.  That night we camped out in the high country.  Then we got up well before the sun (about 02:00 Am) and began a six +/-  mile hike to Yosemite Falls, which is just west of Lost Arrow Spire.

We wanted to make the famous Tyrolean type traverse from the Arrow Tip, to the Rim of Yosemite Valley, but there was only two of us.  dOur idea, as far as we knew, had not been tested.  We wanted to make the Tyrolean type traverse from the Lost Arrow Tip, to the Rime of Yosemite Valley.  We started hiking from the high country, carrying tons of technical gear, several different ropes, food, water, and the proverbial kitchen sink.

I also carried an a brand new SLR camera, which I had bought at the PX while I was on active duty.  I wanted to get some pictures of our climb, but after we arrived and took note of our proposed challenge, I decided to leave it on the rim.  “I did not want it dangling off my shoulder while I was climbing; nor did I want my friend belaying me and trying to take pictures at the same time.”

There was only two of us, and the only way we could make the traverse was to climb the Tip, and shoot a line to someone on the rim, or they to us, and then pull a rope across.  Otherwise we would have to rappel back down the Arrow Tip to the Notch that connect it to the Rim, and then climb back up the rim.  Our plan was to “tail” a couple of ropes that we were going to use to rappel down to the Notch.  We tied each rope to the end of the other.  That way we could pull them tight and make the traverse back to the Rim kind of like a “Tyrolean” traverse.  That is, if the ropes did not get hung up on the sides of the Arrow Tip…?”

Just as we were starting to rappel off the rim, down to the notch, I saw a backpacker and asked him, “Hey, if you happen to be around today and wouldn’t mind clicking a few pictures, we would really appreciate it.”  Then I showed him where I had left my new camera, hanging on a tree limb.  Guess what he did…?  

He spent the entire day on the rim and clicked a handful of really great pictures, including the two above (I added the wording).

After we made the climb to the top, we rigged the ropes so we could make the traverse back over to the rim-thus avoiding having to rappel down to the notch, and climb back up.   When I reached the rim I was greeted by the backpacker I had talked to.  He was standing there with my camera around his neck.  He said he had taken some pictures for us.

As a way of saying thanks, I offered to let him and his friend slide over to the top of the Lost Arrow Tip.  They jumped at the offer, so I tied a Swiss Seat for them, with some 1″ tubular webbing.  Then,  I took some pictures of them as they slid over to the top of the Lost Arrow Tip and back.  Trust is worth it.  “I figure if we want to be able to trust people, we must empower them with our trust.”

Leaving my expensive camera on the rim all day long, was challenging.  It was something I had wished for, for years.  Then telling an anonymous backpacker where it was, well… but it was worth it.  Steve and I ended up getting some great pictures, and they ended up having some too.  We got their addresses and mailed them pictures of themselves making the famous traverse.

If you are going to climb, or even if you have been climbing for some time, continue to take classes.  Formal training is a must for any “Risk Sports.”  It is also a great way to meet some neat people.  I have always found that I learn things, if I keep my eyes and ears open.  I ended up helping teach one class, that I attended, but I still learned things, and it ended up being a good experience.  “We usually get out life what we put into it…”

This is an instructional slide from my Rappel Master Certification Test.  I usually share this saying with it,

“Good judgment comes from experience, but often that experience comes from poor judgment.”   

Formal training, from an skilled instructor teaches things without the poor, maybe even risky experience.  You might be surprised at the new skills you pick up, even if you have been climbing for quite a while.

What is cool about climbing is that you that can spend a lifetime doing it, and still find new related challenges.  Rock Climbing,  Canyoneering, Rappelling, Sport Climbing, Traditional Climbing, Slack-lining, Ice Climbing, Mountaineering, Spelunking, High Altitude Mountaineering, Map and Compass Skills, Glacier Travel, Avalanche Awareness and Forecasting, Alpine Camping, Leadership, Expedition planning, and more.

Here’s the mountaineering bible, it is a great book to start with,  I know, I started with an early edition.  It is now in its 9th or 10th edition.  We have them available for $34.95 for paperback, and $49.95 for hard bound.  Or you may want to consider Vertical Rope Skills DVD (70 minutes) $34.95

I’ve made a lifelong pursuit of Mountaineering and it has been great sharing what I have learned.  I will be planning and working things out a while; in the meantime I am collecting names of people interested in being part of these plans; either in the High Angle Technologies end, or in the Recreational end.

If  you are interested in taking a class, or being involved in another way, you can email me at d.hansen@HansenSpecialities.com I will put you on my mailing list.


High Angle Technologies

High Angle Technologies, or HAT for short, focuses on High Angle Work and Equipment, and Specialized Training associated with: High Angle Work Certification, Technical Emergency Rescue, and Safety. 

On the left are the number of incidents, and the bottom is their skiing ability… Learning High Risk Safety Skills is often overlooked. “High Risk Evaluation and Risk Taking, is a seperate skill.

The above correlation is a good example of this concept.  My experience and study suggests that “Safety and Risk Evaluations Skills” are often overlooked–or just brushed by, because it assumed that being an expert at a particular skill, i.e.: good at climbing, skiing, or other technical skill, means you will have less mishaps, than less skilled individuals?

Safety is a skill by itself.  I make this statement because I often see We are at home  Towers, Cliffs, High Rise Buildings, Arenas, Caves and Mines, and Trees; even Special Effects and Stunt Coordination for movies and commercials.


This is me, Yelling “NOW THAT’S A PIZZA!!!” while standing on a peak in the Tetons. I was a Stunt double for an actor play a Monk, who tasted the pizza, but had a vow of silence, so he climbs a peak and yells… “Now That is a Pizza!!!”Here’s a link if you would like to view the commercial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2to499Qhsc

Rope Access Work the under side of a wedge dam. Drain holes required cleaning

Mark demonstrating our Fall Prevention and Fall Arrest system we designed and installed in the Vivint Arena

Me at the Barrack Gold Mines in Nevada. Doing some rescue training with their professionals.
I am putting together a team, to help plan a super project.  As well as being on the web, we have some other plans in the making.  This drawing is one idea a friend put together.  Who knows for sure?  I know I can envision it?  I guess we have to plant the seeds and see which ones take root – that is part of the planning process.
I have found there are two ways to make dreams come true.  “Becoming the leader of the great endeavor who holds thing together and puts direction to the team’s efforts; or by being part of the team, which makes the great endeavor a reality!”   All dreams need good people to fill these roles.  Stay in touch we will see how this all comes together.
D.Hansen@HansenSpecialities.com  or HansenSpecialities@gmail.com
                          Thanks again for stopping by.