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Re: knots on rappel
« Reply #15 on: October 15, 2003, 08:19:51 pm »
I might start a new thread for this question but I will try to get some opinions here first.  How many of you back up your brake hand when rappeling with either a friction knot or mechanical device like the Petzl Shunt?  Let's hear what you use, if anything, and if you don't, why not?

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Re: knots on rappel
« Reply #16 on: October 16, 2003, 07:13:39 am »
i almost always back up my brake hand with an autoblocking prussic knot -- its a nice thing to know that i wont plummet to the ground if something hits me in the head and temporarily knocks me out. in addition, if i cant see the end of the rope and fear that there might be a tangle, its great to know that i can let go with both hands.

that said, there are rare occasions when i dont use an autoblocker, and i guess i evaluate this on a case by case basis (if i can see the rope on the ground, if i am pretty sure there is no chance of debris from above, etc.)

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Re: knots on rappel
« Reply #17 on: October 16, 2003, 07:54:50 am »
auto block if I think I will be dealing with  a rope tangle or messing with gear or wire brushing etc. also use the auto block if I don't know were I am going, wearing a heavy pack etc.

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Re: knots on rappel
« Reply #18 on: October 16, 2003, 06:54:58 pm »
I always use a prussik with an extended belay/rappel device, just makes sense.
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Re: knots on rappel
« Reply #19 on: October 22, 2003, 01:39:26 pm »
By adding back up knots on long/multipitch rappells takes all the guess work out of rappelling safely to your destination.

I have seen a person rappell off the end of their rope, and have read about good climbers doing the same because of fatigue, darkness, accident... don't fool yourself, you are not an exception.

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Re: knots on rappel
« Reply #20 on: October 22, 2003, 01:47:28 pm »
the Petzl Shunt is a great device. I just used it when I rapped off the top of Cathedral down past the Beast Flake. it definitely is a valuable tool.

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