Rigging the Totem for a releasable contingency block.

Video produced by Jared Hillhouse and NorthWash Outdoors.

FROM JARED: One of the most common questions from former students is “How did that Totem Anchor rigging go again?” I lay it out in this simple video on how to rig the standard Totem Block Contingency anchor used in Canyoneering for Single Rope Techniques in order to allow a quick problem solving solution to some of the common rappelling mistakes made by beginners. I hope this helps you as you jump into the slot canyons or just simply using it on a rappelling wall for beginners. Guess what? We also use them in Search and Rescue. They are useful all over the place.