2019 PATHFINDER FAIR EVENT
May 26, 2019
ROPE BRIDGE - This video teaches the basics of the rope bridge. The rope bridge can be used to cross a river and is frequently used in various competitions and activities (swiss seat = rappel seat). This is a quick idea of how to do it. Every part of the bridge is covered. This is a timed event! ...More INFO below the video.
#1 Number of Pathfinders:
In our last Leadership weekend, it was said that it would be 6 pathfinders, one per class and that if it was necessary we will accept and make exceptions for the clubs that do not have enough PF's to cover every class. But this will have to be requested before the fair so that Pastor Greg and the rest of the council (if needed) will make the decision to accommodate that need.
I mention on Leadership and in our Conference camporee, that each team should try and purchase a climbing rope (static rope) for rappelling purpose, rope should be rated for at least 6000 lbs. or more breaking point and at least 9.0-13mm in thickness and at least 60 meters (180feet) long. Also, it was said that to practice with your club, you may also want to buy a cheaper rope since it is only being used to go thru the steps and practicing the knots. Please bring your rope with you to Fair.
#3 Equipment: Depending in how much you are going to use this equipment after PF fair, but in my opinion, it is always a good idea to have a good rope in size and strength, to keep in the club, in case of an emergency and to practice building the bridge among your members in the future. I would purchase at least one rope as mention above and the 3-quick links which you could find in almost any hardware store rated at least 3000 lbs. or more, or get actual carabiners rated 6000 lbs. and above, again it all depends in what else, and how often you will use this again.
#4 Swiss seat: depending on the waist size of the participants this rope can be anywhere between 8-16 feet, sizes between 1-adult 38.
There are several ways to do a Swiss seat, but the video (above) will help clubs with the making of it, if you are already practicing it in a different way, there is no problem; we will accept it as long as we can see it is safe for the participants. You do need a carabiner (or quick link) for each participant.
Swiss seat video's: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssmYruwGTzM or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSpurTahTWI
#5 Wireman's Knot: Can be substituted with the Alpine Butterfly knot below.
Alpine Butterfly Knot: Tying Instructions -
Make a loop in the rope and twist it one full rotation into an eight shape.
Jose (Joe) Alba
NOTE: Pre-registered teams will be permitted to compete and will have their Fair points counted.
On-site sign-ups permitted only if there is time. These late registered teams might be able to participate, but it will not count for Fair points.