SET­TING THE RAP­PEL

Climbing - - CLIN­ICS BE­GIN HERE -

Tie the ropes to­gether so the lead line runs through the an­chor, with the knot on the same side of the an­chor as the tag line; you should be pulling the thin rope. This al­lows the knot to act as a slight backup, pulling against the an­chor on the thicker lead line. A va­ri­ety of knots ex­ist for ty­ing the ropes to­gether. Though some are stronger than the flat over­hand (aka the EDK), th­ese knots tend to get stuck more eas­ily.

“I rec­om­mend the flat over­hand, as it is strong enough and al­lows for less like­li­hood of get­ting snagged while pulling,” says Amer­i­can Moun­tain Guides As­so­ci­a­tion (AMGA) Tech­ni­cal Di­rec­tor Dale Rems­berg. Make sure there are tails of at least 12 inches, no strands are crossed, and the knot is se­cured by pulling each strand tight be­fore us­ing it.

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