Named from its development in the rugged Red Rock highlands of northern Arizona, the Arizona Vortex Kit (Vortex) is a unique multipod that was created from years of experimental development. Having worked with crude but functional lashed timber frames at Sedona-based Ropes That Rescue, Reed Thorne developed the Vortex in collaboration with Rock Thompson at Rock Exotica. The Vortex represents the essence of at-the-edge frames, which no standard multipod can match today. The recently improved Vortex Bag System allows a single rope technician to carry the entire Vortex Kit using our RigTech Pack™ and 2 redesigned Leg Bags.
The originator of modern artificial high directionals (AHD)s, the Vortex is a tripod, bipod and monopod in one all-inclusive kit. Its precision machined two-piece head can be rigged as a standard tripod or, in advanced applications, as an A-frame, Sideways A-frame, Gin Pole or a multitude of other configurations. The tripod can be formed into an Easel A-frame with adjustable leg lengths. The versatile third leg allows rescuers to set up an artificial high directional in virtually any urban, industrial or wilderness application. When configured in the A-frame and Easel A-Frame applications, pulleys can be attached directly into the Head Set using the included quick-pins rather than carabiners, retaining valuable headspace and working clearance. The Vortex is ideal for use with high lines and tracking line offsets. The extra attachment points also work well for rope access where several lines may be needed over the edge. Both the Raptor and Flat feet sets are included to provide secure footing options on varying terrain and industrial surfaces.
The Arizona Vortex Kit comes complete with:
- Head Set (2 pieces)
- Head Set Pulley Wheel
- Head Set Pins (4)
- Head Set Backpack
- Inner Legs (3)
- Outer Legs (7)
- Leg/Foot Pins (17)
- Leg Bags w/ Shoulder Straps (3)
- Flat (Omni) Feet (3)
- Raptor (Claw) Feet (3)
- Foot Storage Sleeves (2)
- Pin Bag, Orange
- Pin Flags, Hi-Viz Orange (21)
- Hobble Straps, Adjustable (3)
- Safety Tether Cord – 8mm cord, 12m (40 ft) length
- User’s Manual
- Vortex Bag System
Vortex Bag System
Designed for ultimate accessibility and quick access, our backpack-style bags are extremely rugged and able to be carried on the back into the wilderness or an industrial environment such as stairwells. Made of durable Cordura® nylon, they feature extra protection in high-wear places for exceptional longevity. Included foot sleeves for the Flat and Raptor feet. The Vortex Bag System is included with the Arizona Vortex Kit and also sold as a replacement set.
Min Height: 2.7 m (9 ft)
Max Height (with additional legs): 3.7 m (12 ft)
Weight (with both foot sets): 33 kg (72 lb)
Shipping Weight (including all parts, bags and packaging): 43 kg (95 lb)
MBS: 36 kN (8,093 lbf)
Certification: Classified to NFPA 1983 (2017 ED) – General Use
Oversize Shipping Charges Apply.