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CTOMS – DPL Now Available In Green

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

The Divable Pack Liner by CTOMS is now available in green, and they’ve also lowered the weight. Designed as a waterproof Velcro in-liner, the medium size fits the CTOMS assault pack and the large size fits the 2nd Line Main Pack and External Module. The DPL is fully lined with loop Velcro to accommodate all standard internal components. The zipper is waterproof, and the DPL features an oral inflation hose at the top to adjust pressure. Although they’re not yet available on the website, they can be ordered by phone.

Counterfeit CAT Tourniquets Have Infiltrated Ontario Provincial Police

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Back in 2010 we first warned you about the Element CAT Tourniquets which were manufactured offshore as props for milsim players.

Now, our friends at CTOMS, a Canadian firm that specializes in tactical medicine training and product development has alerted us to a deployment of these fake tourniquets with the Ontario Provincial Police. I am flabbergasted that it has gone as far as it has and you have got to take a few minutes to go read this crazy story.

We’ve known that the Element tourniquets were dangerous if used for real applications but the demonstration by CTOMS shows just how bad it is. Turn up your volume to hear the ultrasound.

These are NOT lifesaving devices and it is a shame that a company sold them to a law enforcement agency as though they were, and worse still that OPP continues to issue them to their officers in spite of being made aware of the issue. Please take the time to ensure that you are carrying a legitimate, life-saving tourniquet.

Combat Application Tourniquet (GEN III vs E-CAT)

Private Bloggins Puts The Raptor Buckle To The Test

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

CTOMS posted an interesting look at the Raptor buckle on their Private Bloggins site. Their intent was to decide whether to take a look at replacing the Austrialpin Cobra buckles used on their X-Belts and M-Harnesses with the Raptor. To do this, they pull tested two Raptor buckles to compare their measurements with the manufacturer’s. here’s one example.

CTOMS is very up front about how they obtained their samples, what they did with the buckles and the limitations of how they evaluated the buckles. I like that kind of honesty and the story is worth looking at if you want to see how buckles are pull tested and the whole “behind the scenes” on how and what they did. You’ll also find out if CTOMS decided to take a further look at these buckles.

Private Bloggins Asks, “What Color is Your Rack?”

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

A couple of weeks ago we wrote about the TRACE Systems Green Kit from Canada’s CTOMS. We were impressed that someone had produced a great rack setup for military mountaineers but some readers complained about the tactical color of the gear.


On CTOMS’ Private Bloggins site, they addressed some of the issues raised on SSD in a post entitled, “What Color is Your Rack?” What we love about their piece is that they went out and demonstrated the reason they developed the green kit in the first place by sharing photos of climbers with commercial climbing gear. It’s definitely worth a read whether you are a military mountaineer or just interested in camouflage.

TRACE Systems Green Kit

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013


CTOMS presents their new GREEN Kit (Assault Lead Climbers Rack) as part of their TRACE Systems colored kits series. This is purpose built mountaineering equipment for military/para-military climbing operations, solving problems that aren’t an issue in sport climbing, like sound and visual signature as well as armor, weapon and radio integration. It is compatible with both traditional and CTOMS’ TRACE rope systems.


It can be worn alone or attached to an armor vest and incorporates PALS compatible climber’s dump pouches with rear mounted compression straps to help manage the load.


This thing is freakin’ amazing! Check out the full specs in this brochure.


Happy Holidays from Our Friends at CTOMS

Friday, December 21st, 2012


CTOMS and Kili-Climbing Collaborating to Provide Unique Training Opportunities

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

It was inevitable. Canadian companies CTOMS and Kili-Climbing are collaborating. When Chris Kopp of CTOMS started developing the TRACE Systems (micro rope systems) unveiled last year, he realized it could be used in more and more diverse applications. Then, he and his business partner used it as an ultra-light weight system climbing in Uganda for glacier travel and rappelling. This past summer they did their first lead climbs on it. Along with CTOMS’ Tactical Assault Climbers Course (TAC-C) that they’ve been running for two years now, the natural evolution was to take the CTOMS rope access and complex terrain programs to the next level. Kili-Climbing has been that enabler.

CTOMS is now partnering with Kili-Climbing, which provides logistical planning and support in Africa to their Complex-terrain & High Altitude Seminars (CHAOS, as in their slogan, “Control the Chaos”), it enables them to provide experience based training at high altitude and in foreign countries. The diversity of location options provides a broad spectrum of terrain, latitude and altitude options, beyond what is available in the continental US. The client’s specific capability requirements/desires will determine the venue. Current venues include Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mt. Stanley and Speke in Uganda, Mt. Kenya in Kenya and Mt. Logan in Canada. While the African locations provide milder equatorial high altitude options with very diverse terrain and foreign travel experience, Mt. Logan in Canada provides a significantly lower traffic option than Mt. McKinley in Alaska, and provides a great Arctic, high latitude, high altitude, extreme cold weather training environment.

The difference between training with the CTOMS/Kili-Climbing team and hiring another African tour provider or civilian guide company is that the CTOMS/Kili-Climbing team understands and caters specifically to the military, and in particular SOF applications. They speak your language. These aren’t tourist vacations and they aren’t going to put their clients on busy, standard tourist routes, and most of all, they aren’t going to teach them civilian practices that contradict or conflict with tactical requirements. Instead, they cater the instruction, routes, objectives and activities specifically to the tactical training objectives. These are customized training programs built specifically to military SOF personnel and taught by instructors with military backgrounds and certified guides with experience instructing SOF.

For US units that require a contract with a US company, they work with The Peak out of Butte, Montana. CTOMS can also be contracted directly. For personal trips in Africa, contact Kili-Climbing directly.


Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Kili Climbing is a new business venture for Chris Kopp who founded CTOMS after retiring as a PJ from the Canadian military. Chris is an avid climber and he’s been working on developing Kili-Climbing for about a year now.

Chris gave us the low down on this new undertaking…”While CTOMS remains my main focus, Kili-Climbing is my pet project. As some know, I dabble in climbing so when my friend approached me to be his business partner in a new venture, it was hard to say no. It is an African, specifically Tanzanian climbing and safari company offering climbs on Kilimanjaro, Meru and Ol Doinyo Lengai as well as safari and diving packages. We arrange the bookings from North America and my business partner manages operations on the ground in Tanzania. Being retired military, catering to that demographic is something important to me from the perspective of adventure training and high altitude familiarization training for operational applications as well as facilitating wounded veterans climbs. What we don’t offer is cookie cutter packages, but rather custom tailored ones where we can plan and book as little or as much as the clients desires. This includes fully supported climbs and trips, or facilitating self-supported climbs that meet the minimal legal guide requirements.

All-in-all it sounds like a great way for our kinds of folks to arrange a climbing trip to Africa.