I have always been interested in Creative anchor solutions since people I know who don't do this sport ask me "how do you get your rope back". It's what I also used to wonder before learning about these techniques. The environmental damage I've seen in my few years of canyoneering falls into 3 main categorizes: (1) footprints that stomp cryptobiotic crust, (2) bad/messy anchors including bolt holes and various other scars, and (3) rope groves in the lip of a cliff due to rappelling. I believe/hope that some Creative anchor solutions can at least help address #3 above. Some of the Creative anchor solutions I am aware of, but have not tried are: Sand Trap Water Trap / Aguanchor The Slick Omnisling Macrame Some of the ones I have tried: Fiddlestick Buckle Klemheist with equalizing on 2 bolts (directional figure 8 or butterfly knot with rapide)* webbing loop pull-down (pull-down via pull cord) webbing with rapid & carabiner (knot for pull-down)** standard biner block and pull cord pull-down (of course) Smooth Operator Methods I am working on: Smooth Operator hybrid with equalizing on 2 bolts (directional figure 8 or butterfly knot with rapide)* -this could work with a Fiddlestick also * a method developed by others with a variation I added for a specific reason, to be explained as time allows ** I have not seen anything written about this technique, but someone probably thought of it before I did? Some of the methods above result in more wear & tear on the rock itself, and also your equipment. Some are ghosting methods that may have an added environmental, aesthetic, and financial benefits. Some methods are chosen based on the situation at the top of the rappel, where one or more methods could work equally well. I figured this thread could be a repository for creative anchor solutions if people feel like describing these or other solutions that they may be familiar with. In many cases, the people who invented these techniques may have documented them very well in other sources. So this thread can serve as a table of contents that directs one to the source for these solutions. These were the best links I found, but better links may exist. Please feel free to add information or make corrections.