How to rappel! by Craig Luebben

By Craig Luebben

By using greater than a hundred transparent pictures and concise textual content on all features of rappelling, from rigging easy rope and anchor structures to facing advanced emergency events.

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If no rings exist in an established rappel anchor, add some if you have them. The rope will pull more smoothly. If no rings exist and you're rappelling with two ropes of significantly different diameters (1 millimeter or more in difference), the thicker rope must sit on the sling. Otherwise, as you rappel and the thin rope stretches, it will saw across the sling, possibly burning through it. Extending the Anchors If the rappel anchors are situated back from the lip of a ledge or cliff top, extend them with cord or webbing so the rappel point sits just below the lip, or it will be difficult to retrieve the ropes from below.

Two problems can develop here. When making multi-pitch rappels on two ropes, you usually alternate the rope that passes through the rings because you rig the lower station before pulling the ropes from the higher station. So if you rig so you always pull the skinny rope, you'll lose some efficiency. And if your rope gets stuck with the end out of reach, you'll have only the thin rope for protection while freeing the fat rope. Page 31 Rappel Devices A multitude of rappel devices are available. Some work better than others in certain situations.

These rarely last more than a few pitches before they wear off. The best system is a bi-colored rope where each half is a different color and pattern, making the middle obvious. If you don't have a bi-colored rope, you can mark the middle yourself; Marks-A-Lot, Sharpie, or Majic Marker pens are safe for making your own middle mark on a rope. Ropes kink, foiling your rope management and wasting time. You can minimize kinking by unwinding new, factory-coiled ropes as if you're rolling them off a spool, rather than flaking them out.

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