he Python is a 5m length of webbing designed specifically for river rescue applications.
The Python has a 6mm marine grade steel ring on one end and an open loop to receive karabiners on the other. It has a breaking strength in excess of 10kN.
An original Whetman Equipment product.
Made in the UK.
he Python has a diverse number of uses.
It can work as an anchor in hauling, lowering boats & traversing the river.
The benefit of the steel ring being it can often replace a karabiner and receive other lines or webbing.
On the river karabiners are always in short supply and the rings can be invaluable to save karabiners for other tasks.
The ring can also be used as a pulley to create a Pig Rig when combined with two Pythons and two Ring Pull Prussiks - see below .
The Python can be a cowstail extension for work positioning a throwline deployment or belayer.
Very handy for portaging over rough ground & large boulders to haul & lower boats.
Short reach rescue: hold the ring in one hand and flick the coil out to reach to a close by swimmer. The rings acts as a stopper.
Raft Guide Flip Line: Used with a krab, clip the krab onto the gunnel line, throw the ring end of the Python over the upturned raft, grab it the other side, climb up & flip.
The combination of Two Whetman Equipment Pythons and Two Whetman Equipment Ring Pull Prussiks can make a very simple to set up Pig Rig pully system or external mechanical advantage (MA) system.
Fast & simple to set up.
Rings replace pulleys & karabiners so does not exhaust limited supply of karabiners
Setting Up The Pig Rig
The first python is the anchor & wraps itself around a tree like a true constrictor; ideally a full strength tie off which presents the ring forward as a pully & leaves the other end available as the anchor to set up a Ring Pull Prussik to capture the progress of the haul.
The second Python threads through the rope grab Ring Pull Prussik and returns to thread through the anchor ring and then back to thread through its own ring near the rope grab to create the MA haul line.
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