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By Robert Hall
Mar 23, 2015
If you don't have chains to rap off of (and which act as the "stopper" for the knot) a "Quick Link" can be added to an existing cord-or-webbing rap anchor. Be sure the size you buy has enough strength, I've seen anchors that had Links with only 660lbs "working load".
A descending ring would work too, but the Quick Link can easily be added to an existing anchor since the link has an opening, which is then closed with a screw-"gate".
If anyone re-does the diagram, perhaps it could be made 100% clear by adding "Long End" [i.e rope "C" ] and "short end" to the diagram.
Perhaps it is better to add the cord / slings to the short end of the rope before the last person raps? Much easier to tie knots with two hands and two feet on the ground than while rappelling. Then as the last person raps, he/she just has to be sure there are no tangles and "hang-ups".
Finally, this is the same system one would use to rap full-length single strand with a "pull down cord" (i.e. an length of 7 or 8mm rope equal in length to the climbing rope). Knot "A" is tied as shown WITH THE THICKER CLIMBING ROPE, and then the pull-down cord is tied to the short end of the rope just below knot "A".
From: Boulder, CO
3 days ago
"•Next, set up a single-strand rappel on the longer strand, which is the opposite side of the anchors from the knot (C)."
How do you set up a single-strand rappel? There is no explanation on how to do this...
"•During your rappel, attach untied cordelettes and/or slings to the end of the short rope until it reaches the lower anchors. To join cordelettes with the rope, a flat overhand works well."
How is the short end going to reach the lower anchors? That's why your rapping on the longer end since its the only one that will reach! This article is confusing and needs more diagrams or a video. Thumbs down.