Min Preparing The Mack For Use

a. Company Equipment:

(1) Use the electric rope cutter to cut/whip one 15-18 foot sling rope for each Marine in the company, using the dynamic rope. Each Marine will also receive one non-locking carabiner and one locking carabiner.

NOTE: Finish one complete spool before cutting another spool.

(2) Cut the static rope for the mission at hand. Some spools are already 300 feet and 165 feet (50m); others may be 600-foot spools. Cut one-inch tubular tape for static anchor cord (15-25 foot lengths). When static rope becomes unserviceable, cut out good sections of 15-25 foot lengths for static anchor cords. Cut 7mm nylon cord for use in tightening systems (3-6 foot lengths). Do not cut 7mm cord for company personnel to use as anchors because of the relatively low tensile strength (static rope or tape should be used only).

b. Team Equipment:

(1) Rope: The dynamic climbing rope is olive drab and already in 165 foot (50m) lengths.

(2) Cordage: Cut/whip 7mm nylon cord for use in tightening systems and anchors as part of each teams rack. Cut/whip one inch tubular tape of varying lengths for use as web runners. Tie loops using the water/tape knot, and range the size of the web runners from four to forty- eight inches. Tubular tape can also be used for anchors.

(3) Racks: Use the 5.5 mm kevlar cord to wire the hexcentrics, secure the ends by tying a triple fisherman's knot. A knife will be needed to cut this cord because it will not burn. Use the electric rope cutter to whip the nylon sheath around the kevlar core. The knife blade will dull quickly when used to cut through the kevlar core. Use the kevlar cord for hexcentrics only (it is not pliable enough for use as utility cord, nor is there a large quantity provided). Tie a small loop of 7mm cord on the stitch plate (belay device) in the appropriate hole (to keep it from running down the rope during use and for racking it to the harness).

(4) Silencing the rack can be done by wrapping vinyl tape around the non-locking carabiner bodies and the large (size 7-11) hexcentrics (ensure the tape is only one layer thick so that it will not interfere with the safe function of the item). Nut picks can be taped or dummy-corded so that they do not rattle on a carabiner.

c. Tailor the preparation of the MACK to the mission, terrain, and size of using unit. Keep as much unused rope and cordage as possible for use as backup. Maintain a log of rope/cordage usage, and replace after two seasons of use or when unserviceable. Inspect frequently for serviceability (before, during and after use).

TRANSITION: Are there any questions concerning the preparations of a MAC Kit? If not, let's begin talking about after actions.

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