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Product Update- Forged Rigging Pulley

February 5th 2016

The small and medium versions are now manufactured using Hot Forged Technology, combined with high quality materials and components.  These blocks are rope friendly, durable and extremely robust.  These features combined give maximum security and strength, when the block is rigged as part of an impact system.

Apart from the aesthetically pleasing curves, the ISC impact pulley is designed to work (together with textiles) to absorb the huge forces which are created by the harsh dynamics of heavy Arborist work.  The side plates are produced using the best quality hot forged Aluminium and the special manufacturing process allows these pulleys to offer a highly impressive strength to weight ratio.

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ISC Limited Edition Rigging Pulleys in support of The Swarm ALS Activists

January 15th 2016

Last year, we began working on a project to produce a Limited Edition run of 250 ISC Rigging Pulleys, with a specialist high-glow finish and tree design.  These awesome looking super bright Pulleys were distributed in the US by suppliers Sherrill Tree and @Height.  For each Pulley sold, ISC pledged to donate $15.00 to the The Swarm ALS Activists charity.

The Swarm ALS Activists is a moped affiliated organization that raises awareness and money for the ALS Association of Florida. This organization was founded by Stephanie and John in honour of Stephanie's father Arthur Bruce Smith, who passed away from the horrible disease June 2014. ALL of the proceeds go to the ALS Association for research and equipment for people living with ALS.

ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also known as Lou Gherigs disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to the death of the motor neurons. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed. [read more on the Swarm ALS Activists website]

Stephanie, Bruce's daughter, started the Swarm ALS Activists organization at the beginning of 2015.  She wanted the world to know Bruce’s story and to see how positive he was through his journey with ALS. There are still thousands of people who do not know what ALS is or what it does to someone. The amount of care, equipment, time, stress, money etc. needed by an ALS sufferer is tremendous. Insurance doesn't cover much when you have ALS, in fact if you're not in the hospital upon needing a ventilator, the insurance company will not cover it. When a person's diaphragm fails, (because with ALS all the voluntary muscle gets eaten away), the brain can be saying 'breath', but the body doesn't do the action, the body is paralyzed.  It is then very necessary for a vent, or the person would suffocate. "ALS is real and it has a very big place in my heart and I want to do everything I can to help those living with it", said Stephanie.

Rich (ISC North American Sales Manager) has been working with Stephanie on the ISC project.  “As a long time Arborist, I have had the pleasure of working with Bruce on many occasions at various climbing competitions and other events.  While I may not have been as close with Bruce as many others in our industry, I am proud to count him as a huge positive influence in my personal career and I have benefited from his knowledge and caring on many occasions.  Like many others, I have done everything that I can to continue with Bruce's mission of passing on the passion that he had for trees and those who work with them.  It is for this reason that I am especially thrilled to be part of the ISC team working with Stephanie on this project- I cannot think of a better way to thank Bruce for what he has given to our industry, than to support The Swarm ALS Activists' efforts with ALS research and the provision of care to those living with this disease.  In 2013 I was involved with video project highlighting the Geezer Competition, which I know held special meaning to Bruce and many of his friends.  We dedicated the video in honor of Bruce and all the work he has done and all the lives he has touched in our industry”.  You can view the great video of the 2013 Geezer Tree Climbing Competition here 

Rich was at the Geezer competition last week, together with Tim Bushnell of Sherrill Tree, to present a cheque in the sum of $3600, to Stephanie Smith.  Bruce Smith was a founder member of the Geezer competition, so what better event at which to present the cheque!

“Thank you for your donation and for the opportunity! We are planning on donating half of the money to the ALS Association of Florida at the ALS walk on March 19th. We go to the ALS walk every year since my dad was first diagnosed and continue to go in his memory and to show support to all of those living with ALS. The other half will go to ALS.tdi, which provides the most research for ALS and Steve Dezember who is a pALS (person living with ALS) with whom my mom and I are pen pals and have donated equipment and funds to before. I am also going to reach out to a couple more pALS to see what they need and sort of adopt them. We are very thankful to be able to do this project with ISC Wales and look forward to future opportunities”, said Stephanie (Bee) Smith, on behalf on The Swarm ALS Activists.

Are you the proud owner of an ISC Swarm ALS Activists limited edition Pulley?  We’d love to see photographs of you with your pulley, (whether that’s in use in a tree, or as a cherished collector’s ornament on your shelf!).  Please send your photos to us at sales@iscwales.com or post them on our Facebook page!  

There's still time to get your hands on one of these limited edition pulleys and support this great charity, through Sherrill Tree, available while stocks last!  Buy a Pulley 

You can also donate to the ALS Association's '2016 Sarasota Walk to Defeat ALS' event, in support of Stephanie Smith's campaign here  All donations- great and small, will be much appreciated!

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Visit us at ERCA and ACCT

January 12th 2016

Join us this month at ERCA and ACCT shows, to view the full range of ISC Adventure Park innovations, including the SmartSnap Continuous Attachment Device, the ALF two-way auto-locking Climb Assist Pulley, together with the latest additions to our widest ever range of Zip Trolleys and Accessories!

Visitors will be able to see the ARC, the latest innovation for maximising Zip-line throughput....click the PDF link below for more information and video! 

 Show details:

18-19 January, 2016 -ERCA Ropes Course Conference
Sportcentrum Papendal, Arnhem.  Netherlands

This years Ropes Course Meeting will be held in Arnhem, on the Dutch-German border.  This event is open to all those who are interested in the Ropes Course/Adventure Park Industry.  ERCA Membership is not required, (although these are some meetings which are for ERCA Members only).  Non-member visitors will be able to attend a range of meetings and workshops, with breaks to allow visitors time to investigate the latest innovations in the exhibit hall. 

Peter Teel will be on hand at the ISC stand (Stand No. 20).

Click here to register to attend ERCA

 

28-31 January, 2016 -ACCT Conference
Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa- Austin, Texas.  USA

The 26th Annual International ACCT Conference & Exposition is a four day conference for builders, owners, operators, practitioners, facilitators and all industry professional who are serious about the evolution of the Challenge Course / Aerial Adventure Park industry. If your career or livelihood is directly affected by the success or failure of challenge course technology, then join the rest of the inspiring brands, marketers and industry thought-leaders as they converge in Austin, to provide you with cutting-edge knowledge and advanced training.

Join Wayne and Rich at the ISC Stand (No.402).

Click here to register for ACCT Conference

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Product Update: D2 & D4 Descenders

January 4th 2016

We are pleased to announce two product updates, relating to the D2 Personal Escape Descender and to the D4 Work/Rescue Descender.

 

D2 Personal Escape Descender 

We have introduced a rolled-edge rope feed, bringing the D2 in line with other descender in the range. The new design allows the user to feed the rope over the rolled edge, allowing a greater degree of friction control.

D4 Work/Rescue Descender

The D4 now has a new, longer handle for improved grip and comfort.  The longer handle also provides more leverage, and offers improved control of loads.  The handle is made from Forged Aluminium and is hard Anodised, offering improved strength and wear resistance.

We have also made a 30 degree adjustment to the handle positioning, to offer improved ergonomic handling and control.  Please click the D4 Product Update download (below) for more information on handle function.

The top bobbin of the D4 is now made from a harder grade Stainless Steel material, which provides superior wear resistance.

We are also due to release a new, more comprehensive D4 Descender User Instruction Manual, detailing a multitude of uses.  The latest User Instructional Manual has been developed in line with feedback from numerous industry groups.

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