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Trailkeepers University: Basic Rigging Lab

July 22, 2022 at 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

An introduction to rigging and mechanical advantage, including basic safety, equipment, straight pulls and single redirects.

Crew Leaders: Tom L. – Art M. – Vito P.

Max Size of Crew: 12

Hike Distance: <1 miles

Elevation Gain: (in ft) N/A

Hike Difficulty: N/A

Work Difficulty: Moderate

Work Description: Instructional field day using rope pullers and mechanical advantage

Class Overview:

Students will come away with:

• Basic understanding of safe and clear communication during a rigging operation.

• Hands-on experience with straight pulls and single redirects using a rope-puller and associated tools.

• Introduction to tools and tactics necessary to perform rigging operations safely.

Hiking information:

Training will take place at the ZigZag Stewardship Center, no hiking will be required.

What to expect:

**You will be asked to electronically sign the e-waiver for this event, provide proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test result, and perform a self-assessment health screening within the 24 hours preceding the event.** The crew leader for this event will verify that you have completed these requirements at the trailhead safety talk before the trail party begins. The registration confirmation and pre-event emails will contain further details and links.

Your pre-event emails will contain further details and links for both of these requirements.

You should expect to participate in this work party for its entirety. For safety reasons, please do not arrive late or expect to be able to leave early.

What to bring:

  • Lunch
  • Plenty of water
  • Snacks
  • Gloves if you have them (loaner gloves available)

What to wear:

  • Boots (Please wear something sturdy that will protect your toes from sharp tools. Tennis shoes are NOT allowed!)
  • Work gloves (loaner gloves available)
  • Long sleeved shirts and pants.
  • Rain gear as appropriate for the weather
  • Hard Hats
  • Eye Protection


Directions will be sent out to registrants shortly before the event date.


LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: TKO recognizes that the trails we work on travel through the traditional lands of many Indigenous tribes. In every corner of what we now call Oregon, these people were forced to cede their land, their home, to the US government at various times from 1853 – 1871. We are privileged to be here today & express gratitude to the descendants of these tribes for being the original stewards of this land.

EQUITY & INCLUSION: TKO seeks to make Oregon’s trails a place where people can go to connect with nature & one another. Not everyone feels safe & welcome in the outdoors due to racism, bias & hate. We commit to being part of the solution to change that. Conduct, speech, or expressions that target individuals or groups will not be tolerated by TKO, regardless of whether they are based on age, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, gender identity/expression, geographic origin, language, marital status, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.

PERSONAL SAFETY: Your physical & emotional safety is our number one priority. If a person’s actions or comments make you feel uncomfortable/unsafe – interrupt directly, tell a crew leader &/or complete the post-event survey.


July 22, 2022
8:30 am - 3:30 pm


Trailkeepers of Oregon


Zigzag Ranger Station
Zigzag Ranger Station, 70220 US-26
Zigzag, OR 97049 United States
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