> How the heck do you get out of that situation??? Hair caught in an 8....DON'T say "very carefully". You need to do one of the following: 1) get your weight off the rope, 2) get lowered (or raised) to a point where you can get your weight off the rope, or 3) cut your hair (last resort for a couple reasons). Look for the simplest solution first. If you are near a ledge that you can stand on, do it. Maybe a one-armed pull-up? You only need to hold your weight for a couple seconds (but hard to do when you weight 300 pounds). Using a prussik will work, but have you ever tried rigging one correctly while hanging by your hair? Might be better to use a simple ascending device like a Tibloc. Before taking your brake hand off the rope to rig anything, lock off the rope. If you have practiced in advance, you can get a Tibloc and a 'biner on the rope very quickly. Hang a foot loop from the 'biner, stand up in it. Free hair. If your group set up a contingency anchor, lowering you to a ledge or to the ground will only take a few seconds. If not, you will spend several minutes hanging by your hair while they set up a system. If they are really, really good, might be two or three minutes. Otherwise, might be ten or twenty. They have several options. They could employ a raising system if you are close to the top or to a ledge. It will require an additional rope (if you have one). Mechanical advantage and counter weight systems multiply the load on the anchor, so it better be a strong one. Someone can rappel down next to you to render assistance (if they know what they are doing, they won't have to cut your hair). Also requires another rope and strong anchor. They could use a system called "cut and lower". Involves a second rope, but can be done very quickly. If you don't have another rope, they can also use the "balancier" method -- if they know how to use a valdotain or french braid. Regardless of the system they choose, while you are hanging by your hair, in pain, for what will seem like hours, you'll be thinking "I wish we set up a contingency anchor". Never cut your hair except as an absolute last resort. In the first place, as a guy, I think long hair is purtier and more feminine. It would be a shame to cut it. But more importantly, sharp knives and taut ropes don't mix. Imagine hanging by your hair, in pain, trying to be careful and deliberate cutting your hair with a sharp knife near a taut rope with your non-brake hand !! The couple of times I have seen people hanging by their hair, their face was in a position where they could not even see the rope. It has been more common to see baggy t-shirts get stuck. Much easier to deal with; no pain, easy to see what you're doing. Cutting the shirt should still be a last resort (that sharp knife, taut rope thing again), but if you have to, it is easier and less hazard prone than cutting hair. While it is important to know how to deal with a situation like this, it is obviously better to avoid it in the first place. Employ the buddy check system. Check harness buckles, correct rigging of descending device, helmet on securely, and -- long hair tied back and out of the way. Rich P.S. I seem to recall seeing a picture of you on Tom's site. You don't look to weigh 300 pounds. 250, 260, maybe; but not 300.