Consultation and Specialty Projects

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Douglas Hansen here,

I was just looking at a picture of a “Family” hug, we had a Photographic Professional do it for us.  It brought back a lot of good memories.  As I looked a little closer it was easy to recognize the difference he had made.  I don’t know how many years he had been in business, but I do know I was pleased with his work. 

You may have noticed that I like sayings, well I hope you do too, because here’s another one, “It is hard to explain quality, but you understand what it is, when you have it.”    You don’t pay extra for quality, it pays you many times over.  The saying below was mentioned by a customer.

“The bitterness of poor quality lasts longer than the sweetness of a low price.”

There are two parts to quality; performance (which can be valuable) and longevity, which translates into savings as well.  We sold mid to upper end products, and our customers liked it.  I even had a customer tell me he liked the smell in the store, and he mentioned it even went home with him.  The sacks we put purchased items in, smelled like the store.  Hansen Mountaineering, I sure enjoyed sharing this adventure with you!

Above is a picture of some of our team, and inside Hansen Mountaineering.  It was my life-long dream.  I started climbing when I was 15 or 16, and taught a lot of my friends how to do it, and took them climbing in American Fork Canyon.   I ended up selling equipment out of my garage (it had been turned into a room.)  I have lots of fond memories. it has been a great experience sharing it with everyone.  It is a quite a story which I mention in my Mountaineering Experience Presentation.  If you are interested in attending, just fill out the form below and I will let you know when the next one is.

Somewhere along the line my background in climbing and technical rescue had caught the eye of industry.  As it should be, fall prevention/protection had become an important thing in everyone eyes.  There were new OSHA regs just coming out, and the old “Work at Height”  gear was rather heavy, bulky.  Eventually we started High Angle Technologies, Inc.

Before long I found myself and our team doing consultation, training, SFX and Stunt work, Natural Hazard Mitigation (Avalanche and rock and Boulder Fall) along with other Work at Height/Rope Access, Safety, fall recovery, technical Rescue. 

Training an EMS Team in rope rescue. We have one lane open for traffic to continue, while we show them how to use a vehicle (far right out of frame) for raising and lowering, and then we made a COD or redirect pulley system off the ambulance, and then we improvised a high point anchor to go over the guard rail to rescue a person below the over pass.  We had both a belay and a main line in this system.

Above, I am teaching a Technical Rope Rescue Course.  We are on an overpass.  We have left one lane open for traffic to continue, while we set up a vertical rope rescue.  To the right a EMS vesicle is blocked and locked so we can use it for an anchor to hook our raising/lower rope to, and our belay line to. 
Then we used a COD (redirect) anchored to the frame of the ambulance, both the main line, and the belay line change direction there.  The went up to our high point anchor which was made with an improvised tripod.  It made it possible to lower a litter, and rescue technician over the guard rail.  Then we raised him back up after the rescue procedure was completed. 

“Good people, and training them well, is the foundation of success.”  

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Teamwork while climbing Lost Arrow in Yosemite National Park, CA  I left my camera on the rim, because I felt like I should focus on the climb.  I saw a back packer and I asked him if he happen to be around could he take a few pictures with it.  He agreed.   Guess what he did!

He stayed there all day and took this picture and several other pictures.  They turned out great.  When I got to the rim he told me he had taken some pictures.  So I invited him and his friend to slide across to the Arrow Tip?  He did, so I tied a seat harness for him and when he reached the middle I took a couple of pictures of him, and his friend, and mailed them to him.

Traversing from Lost Arrow Tip to Rim of Yosemite Valley.

After climbing the Lost Arrow Tip, we exited by doing a Tyrolean Traverse back to the Rim of Yosemite Valley.  Believe it or not, the valley floor is a half mile below.

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Below is some more speciality work.  We mounted a statue of Rodin’s “The Thinker” on the top of the Totem Pole in Monument Valley.  Then the director filmed an award winning TV Commercial.

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Natural Hazard Assessments and Mitigation work

2,000 ton boulder.

Natural Hazard Forecasting and Mitigation Eliminating a 2,000 ton boulder hanging over UT State Route #24. We are setting our Sequencing System in the cracks to control how it falls. We have Explosives, just in case the boulder is lodged too tightly. “It wasn’t, it released with only a minimum amount of force. It worked as planned.” The highway was open for traffic 45 minutes later.

Snow Avalanches …

Forecasting and Mitigation is quite an art. When we identify a starting zone there are a number of ways to deal with them. One is to artificially cause them to release when no one is in the run-out path. Of course that presents a problem if there is structure, road, or … in the run out path.

House was build in an avalanche run-out path. Recent history had not produced any avalanches that had gone that far. This is why we recommend a natural hazard assessment before building in the mountains, or near cliffs. It is a small invest that can give big returns. Please feel free to contact me, I can recommend a good approach.

Each year is different to some degree

eAvalanche mitigation Stabilization fences we installed at Alta to protect the highway and homes that are belowbelow
These are designed to hold the snow pack in place until it melts in the springtime.
Springtime our avalanche stabilization fencing they hold 100’s of tons of snow until the springtime sun melts it naturally.

If you would like to take advantage of the consultation or possibly a speaking presentation I have to offer, just email or call to set up a time.  We can talk more then. There are two ways we usually proceed;

1. Verbal consult where we meet and talk about your needs, what resources there, different ways to deal with situation, etc.  We can discuss the fee at the beginning.

2. Formal consultation, where where I meet with you, and at the conclusion I prepare a written report for you.

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If I can assist in other ways, please do feel free to contact me.

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