Healthy Living- High-Elements Maintenance

Date: 2nd October 2018 (Tuesday)

No. of hours: 8

Time: 10.30am to 06.30 pm

Category: Healthy Living

High-Elements Maintenance

It was written in the online document to allow associates to help out in this since few weeks ago. From there we pointed out the things that needed to be done. There were 14 people in total to help out. From there the roles are spread evenly.

We started off by doing the high-elements store. The things that need to be done for the store were;

  • Check the condition of the helmets (checking for any cracks, both sides of the buckle is present, sponge is at base of helmet and make sure the dial is working
  • Washing the working helmet once every two months and make sure it is dry before putting back into the store
  • Checking condition of the harness (make sure the belay look is attach, waist loop and leg loop, some of the harness includes accessory loops and lastly the elastic bands for the extra strap)
  • Check condition of the rope which there is two different type of ropes (semi-static and dynamic) make sure the rope is not fraying and there is no dents around the rope to check this we had to run through the rope one by one
  • And if there is a need to cut the rope make sure to tape the rope with the correct colored wire tape, then heat the knife with the blow torch (check the surroundings before using the blow torch) then make sure the knife is heated to be able to cut the rope, then place the knife in the middle of the tape. This is to prevent fraying
  • Check condition and de-rusting of the karabiners. If there is any visible crack on the karabiner it has to be check with the overall in charge before condemning it. For de-rusting; start with checking the screw gate, if there is squeaky sound do a light spray and twist again to check for the sound. Next, wipe a small amount of WD40 to the karabiner then use sand paper and the metal brush to buff to make the texture to the karabiner is the same all around. The wipe off the WD40 and lastly wipe the metal polish to lock it off
  • Lastly check condition of the sticht plate, making sure the string is intact with the plate and bb cot attach(should not be fraying) to each sticht plate

Next some of the associates were doing maintenance to the rock wall.

  • Do a physical check getting equipments ready (extra tiles, harness and helmet to climb and some tool to fix the wall and the tiles
  • They started with checking the wall as it made of wood and painted with fiber glass paint. They were check for any discoloration, wet patches (sign of mouldings and rotten), any cracks or splinters as this could be potential hazards to participants
  • Next, check the surroundings for any obstruction to the wall, if there is a need to cut the trees or branches inform the overall in charge
  • Tightened any loosen tiles but not fully tighten as it can cause cracks to the tiles, once tightened check for any hollow by knocking
  • To put in new tile to the wall; place the tile first then the bolt in the middle after that at the back of the wall, put a washer (this helps to distribute the pressure evenly not only acting in the bolt) lastly tighten in with the nut
  • Lastly, check the bar for any rusting or squeaky sound

The last component that we did was the high elements. This was handled by the more experienced instructors.

  • Firstly they did an equipment check making sure all the equipments to go up the element is with them (lobster, ladders and tools)
  • Evaluate the problem, finding out the problem to elements as each elements have different maintenance to be done
  • Example for one of the element; Multi-Vine
    • Check the pulley make sure it is tighten and working smoothly
    • Activity rope(vine) must be at least equal length, each vine is attach to the backup line with a mylon to stop the vine from moving
    • Sheer Reduction Device is for the belay and climber line make it is intact, tighten and moving smoothly
    • Check the metal parts for any rusting
    • And lastly the activity line must not be too slack or too tight because the weight of the participants might make the wire snap

The challenges we faced was the sun was really bring everyone energy down. We did not know how some of the device were working and also lobstering up was a challenge as we had to figure out a plan how to get up and do the maintenance needed.