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CMC Arizona (AZ) Vortex Multipod Pkg for Artificial High Directional (AHD)

Arizona (AZ) Vortex Multipod, Tripod Package Artificial High Directional (AHD) by Rock Exotica SKU# 727300 jpg More Info image

Vortex with Hi-Line Carriage Pulley

Vortex Headset Component

Vortex Tripod Configuration

Vortex Headset on Tripod

Vortex in A-Frame Configuration

Vortex Head Backpack, Front

Vortex Head Backpack, Straps

Vortex Head Backpack

Vortex Flat Feet & Raptor Feet

3 Vortex Leg Bags

Vortex Backpack Style Leg Bag

Arizona (AZ) Vortex Multipod Pkg for Artificial High Directional (AHD)

Arizona (AZ) Vortex logo by Rock Exotica jpg image
Manufactured by TMI
UL Classified to NFPA 1983 - General Use

The father of all portable artificial high directional systems (AHD), the AZ Vortex is a tripod, bipod and monopod in one all-inclusive kit. Its precision two-piece head can be rigged as a standard tripod or, in advanced applications, as an A-frame, a sideways A-frame, or a gin pole. 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 location.

On A-frame and easel A-frame applications, pulleys can be attached using quick-pins directly into the Head Set without carabiners, eliminating lost headspace and working clearance. This feature makes the AZ Vortex 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. Raptor and Flat foot sets are both included to provide a secure footing on varying terrain.

Arizona Vortex package comes with the Vortex Bag System, designed for ultimate accessibility and quick access, the high-vis backpack-style bags are extremely rugged and able to be carried on the back into the wilderness or in an industrial environment. Made of durable Cordura® nylon, they feature extra protection in high-wear places for exceptional longevity.

Also included brightly colored pin flags for attachment to pins to increase visibility and two 18 kN MBS 8mm accessory cords for tethering the Vortex and securing the legs. (Made by Rock Exotica).


Inside Height: 9 ft. (2.7m)
Height with additional legs: 12 ft. (3.7m)
Shipping weight (including all parts and packaging): 95 lbs. (43kg)
Proof loaded: 23 kN
Safe working load: 600 lbf. (2.7 kN)

Standard package comes complete with:
  • 1 Head Set
  • 3 Upper Legs
  • 7 Lower Legs
  • 3 Raptor Feet
  • 3 Flat Feet
  • 1 Head Set Pulley Wheel
  • 1 Head Backpack
  • 3 Leg Bags with Shoulder Straps
  • 2 Foot Sleeves
  • 1 Pin Bag
  • 4 Head Pins
  • 11 Leg Pins
  • 15 Pin Flags
  • 1 40 ft. x 8 mm Cord (for leg hobble)
  • 1 40 ft. x 8 mm Cord (for tethering)
  • 1 Instruction Manual
Arizona (AZ) Vortex NFPA Certified Configurations

While the Vortex has four basic configurations, it is certified for the Tripod and Easel A-Frame configurations only. There is no certification process for the other two configurations (Bi-pod and Mono-pod or A-Frame and Gin Pole)

This Portable Anchor Device meets the Auxiliary Equipment Requirements of NFPA 1983, Standard on Life Safety Rope and Equipment for Emergency Services, 2006 Edition.

Emergency Services Auxiliary Equipment. In Accordance with NFPA 1983, 2006 Ed.

Minimum Breaking Strength and Rating are Determined at the Configuration of Lowest Strength Per Manufacturer's Instructions.

Rated G (General Use), MBS 36kN for the following configurations:
  • Configuration # 1 – Tripod – All legs equal length (See User's Manual for configuration specifications)
  • Configuration # 2 – Easel (See User's Manual for configuration specifications)
User's Manual for Arizona Vortex Multipod (English) [PDF - .90 MB]

This Arizona (AZ) Vortex Multipod Pkg for Artificial High Directional (AHD) is a Rescue Response Gear Red iBex approved product to fill your various needs for use in rope rescue and industrial rope access fall protection when using equipment such as webbing, rope, anchors, harnesses, helmets, gloves, belay & rappel devices, ascenders, pulleys, carabiners and other approved hardware in professional swiftwater, firefighter, canyoneering, work at height, positioning, suspension and fall arrest when climbing and descending, mast and tower climb, telecoms, wind turbines and stage rigging .