Tag-Line Rap­pels

Climbing - - CLINICS BEGIN HERE - BY JAMES LU­CAS

HOW TO RAP­PEL SAFELY WITH ROPES OF TWO DIF­FER­ENT SIZES

Long routes of­ten re­quire dou­ble-rope rap­pels for the des­cent. Un­less you’re us­ing a twin- or half-rope sys­tem, car­ry­ing two full-length sin­gle ropes can add up to a lot of weight. Bring­ing a sin­gle rope for lead­ing and a static tag line (around 6mm) can be a good op­tion. How­ever, the dif­fer­ence in di­am­e­ter between the lead line (9–10mm) and the tag line re­quires ex­tra care and at­ten­tion dur­ing rap­pels. The fol­low­ing is a rec­om­mended method for rap­pelling when us­ing one stan­dard-di­am­e­ter and one small-di­am­e­ter rope.

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