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Since 2014 I have done 100’s of drop tests and most of these have taught me something new about the ropes and equipment we use as technicians. I have shared results and discussed testing methodologies with many
Rope technicians have access to more instructional opportunities than ever before. Courses, books, online references, and videos mean that skills including speed rope ascents, passing knots, use of new devices, etc are now common. However, one thing
Technicians have always had a wide range of methods and reasons for tying-off descenders. Traditionally this was because they wanted to use both hands for another task and Munter-hitches, Figure8 descenders, and belay plates were not “auto-stop”.
Tuomas Pöysti, a good friend of RopeLab, has written this article presenting his thoughts on analysing pulley systems.
There is a growing awareness of the benefits of dual main over the more traditional single main/single backup rope systems. Single main/single backup systems normally see the task undertaken using a main rope with another backup rope