Arizona Vortex Multipod


Available on back-order

Technical Specifications

Rated G (General Use)

Min Height: 2.7m
Max Height: 3.7m (with additional legs)

Aircraft grade alloy

WLL: 4.5kN (depends on configuration)
MBS: 36kN
Head Pins: 142kN shear
Leg pins: 80kN shear

28kg without feet
33kg with six feet

Manufacturer’s Product Code

The Vortex, a Flexible AHD


The Arizona Vortex Multipod is technically an ‘artificial high directional’ or AHD. Developed over many years primarily by Reed Thorne of Ropes That Rescue and Rock Thompson of Rock Exotica, the Arizona Vortex is one of the most flexible devices of its kind currently available. The Vortex can be configured in a significant number of specific modes including tripod, easel A frame, ‘lazy leg’ A frame, sideways A frame and gin pole. The additional permutations are, however, endless making the Arizona Vortex Multipod the perfect choice for rope access technicians, rescue operators, emergency medical responders and stunt riggers.

Other features of the Arizona Vortex Multipod include:-

  • The A frame joiner section and gin pole head can be used together or as separate AHDs
  • The smallest adjustment increment across the system is only 7.6cm making it ideal for difficult confined space and USAR operations
  • WLL is around 450kg
  • Can be fitted with two different types of feet: ‘Raptor’ and flat
  • A frame head can be be fitted with ‘head set sheaves’ for an ultra low gain system (maximising head height in a lift)
  • all parts are available separately and are replaceable. Please enquire for pricing on a standard Vortex Kit.


What’s Included

  • Full kit comprising gin head, A frame head, three upper legs and seven lower legs
  • Feet sold separately (Raptor or Flat)
  • Kit bags sold separately
  • Hobble straps also available.

Please note that the ultimate safety of the Arizona Vortex rests in the knowledge and training of those setting up the system. Specialised training and experience is absolutely essential for the safe use of this equipment. The manual available for download below and the ratings given above aregiven for guidance only and are not a substitute for proper training.


pdfRock Exotica Arizona Vortex Technical Notice

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