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Tech Tip: Video How-To: Retrievable Anchor - 2-Ring Sling

Discussion in 'Tech Tips and Gear' started by Jman, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. Jman


    Jeff Guest and gang have made a handful of How-To Vids: and will be posting them here. Hopefully it can get some discussion going or answer some questions that people have.

    How To: Make a Retrievable Anchor: 2-Ring Sling.

    Quoted from the youtube vid:
    Ghosting is good for when you don't want to leave "garbage" in a canyon. If you don't need to leave Webbing or Bolts then this is how you do it. It is proper etiquette to "Leave No Trace" in the wilderness. Keep in mind there are many other ways to "ghost" an canyon, but I'm just going to show you the simplest way in this video.

    Note: You will need 3x the amount of rope as the rappel. If your rappel is 100ft then you will need a 200ft rope and a 100ft pullcord, rope, or webbing to pull the webbing down...

    1. Take some webbing and tie two overhand knots on bights ( far enough apart in the webbing to wrap around a tree, bush, rock, arch, horn, etc... and put one Quick Link, ring on both knots.

    2. Thread your rope through the Quick Links/Rings and make sure both ends reach the bottom of the rappel.

    3. Tie an overhand knot on a bight or figure 8 on a bight in the end of your pullcord and clip it to one of the bights that one of your Quick Links is in on the webbing with a carabiner so you can pull the webbing down after you rappel.

    4. You can either double strand rappel or single strand rappel. If you want to single strand rappel then you will need to put a Biner Block (clove hitch on a big carabiner) on one ropes right next to the Quick Links so the rope won't slide through when you rappel. If you want your group to be extra safe you can lock off the rope with a Stein Hitch (Stone Hitch) ( to make sure the rope does't slip on anyone rappelling. The last rappeller will need to take the carabiner out or use a "Fiddlestick" so you can pull everything down when its time.

    5. Have a friend check your harness to make sure everything is doubled back and to make sure your rappel device is hooked up right on the rope and rappel down without bouncing on the anchor. You don't want to bounce on natural anchors (trees, bushes, boulders, Ballards, Deadman, etc..) or manmade anchors (bolts, trucks, meat anchor) in canyons because it puts extra force on those anchors and they could fail and you could fall and get seriously hurt and potentially die so DON'T BOUNCE (jump out) when rappelling in canyons.

    6. Have the last person down bring the pullcord so it doesn't spin around/get tangled in the other ropes so you can easily pull your ropes down.

    7. Pull on the side of the rope with the biner block to pull the rope all the way down. Then pull on the pullcord to pull the webbing that is around the tree down. Congratulations! You have successfully "Ghosted" that rappel!

    Note: Be sure there are no cracks that your webbing/Quick Links/knots could get caught in when you pull your webbing down. This could be potentially life threatening if you try to climb up the pullcord to retrieve your stuck stuff. Please use common sense and be smart so you can live to canyoneer another day.

    More Info and Where to Buy:

    Still in Development. For More Info:

    Spring 2013. For more Info:
    Imlay Canyon Gear:
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  2. ratagonia


    Mount Carmel, Utah
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