I love working with rope in many capacities.
I have my IRATA Level 1 (Rope Access, Feb 2018), and Working at Heights qualification. I’m regularly involved in different types of rigging checks and rope access, and of course have a suitable harness and key equipment.
Through one of my day jobs, I’ve been working with many wonderful professional riggers at the Circus Hub, here in Wellington. This includes regular rigging checks of all equipment (daily, fortnightly, and six monthly), replacement and renewal of equipment (6/19 steel wire, semi-static synthetic rope, and 3 strand 15mm lines for trapeze bars, plus the associated hardware). Also ensuring competency and ongoing checks of the in-house riggers (some of the trainers and advanced students).
I raced 20,000 miles (half way around the world) with Clipper, on a 70 ft racing yacht, for 5 months. One of my roles during this time was the rigging and sail repairs, and I’d spend a lot of my time hanging from the main mast under significant weather conditions.
I currently live on a much smaller 38ft wooden sail boat, in central Wellington Harbour. This carries all the usual details you’d expect from living aboard an old wooden boat.
I’ve been involved in two ‘Temple’ builds, for the Kiwiburn festival (the NZ local version of Burning Man). This involved tying together many bamboo and pine board elements for 15 meter high structures, with hundreds of meters of natural fibre rope. This was all so that 1,500 attendees could spend time in the temple structures throughout the festival, and then it could be burnt cleanly on the last day of the festival event.
I’ve also been a long term practitioner of Shibari and other Western Rigging. Attending workshops with trainers from around the world. Using jute, cotton, and other synthetic fibres in many ways, both structurally and artistically.
My degree was Mechanical Engineering, so I can still see loading in many structures with that mindset. Carrying out suitable computations as may be required, and also combined with direct hands-on experience.