Boomerope loops ropes over high objects
By Ben Coxworth
February 14, 2013
If you’ve ever tried to loop a rope over a high branch, girder, pole or whatnot without using a ladder, then you’ll know that it can be pretty frustrating. As with most frustrating tasks, however, someone has invented a gizmo to make it easier. That gizmo is the Boomerope.
The business end of the Boomerope consists of a pair of pincher-like arms (see picture above), that can be made to close together or separate by pulling on one of two lines that run down an attached boom pole to the user – one line is green, and one is red.
To use the device, you start by fastening a plastic shuttle to the end of your rope, and then plugging that shuttle into the end of one of the arms – which arm depends on which direction you want the rope to be passed, if it makes a difference.
You then lift the pole and extend it, so that the curved arms cradle the branch (or whatever it is) from below. Next, you pull on the green line to bring the ends of the arms together above the branch – this causes the rope/shuttle to be passed from one arm to the other. You then pull on the red line, which makes the arms separate again. Finally, with the rope now looped over the branch, you lower the apparatus back down, bringing the end of the rope with it.
The process is a little difficult to describe, but is well-illustrated in the video below.
The Boomerope comes with 25 feet (7.6 meters) of each type of line, and its arms can encircle objects up to ten inches (25 cm) in diameter. Users supply their own pole.
Its designers are currently gauging consumer interest in the product, and will be pricing it accordingly once it’s commercialized. Potential buyers are encouraged to make their interest known, via the Sign Up page on the first link below.