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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by andrew vaughan, Mar 11, 2018.

  1. andrew vaughan

    andrew vaughan

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    Does anyone have a safety checklist or acronym that they use/teach prior to each rap?


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  2. Andrew J Farrow

    Andrew J Farrow

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    err not sure if this is what you want but :

    1 - clip in [ cowstails , saftey tether etc etc ]

    1b - optional proceed along traverse

    2 - fit decender to rope

    3 - take in slack - to weight descender - test operation

    4 - secure descender [ lock off , munter mule etc - so that the descender cannot lower

    5 - step off [ ie feet " in space " - all weight on descender // rope ]

    6 - look down // assess descent -

    7 - unlock descender + hand on brake strand " ready to go "

    8 - unclip + secure cow tail [ yes this should bea one handed job ]

    9 - descend
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  3. gajslk

    gajslk

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    I make a conscious effort to look at anchor, harness, and device before starting any rappel. I suppose the acronym would be more appropriate if it was anchor, device, harness, drop ...
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  4. Scott Patterson

    Scott Patterson

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    I'd add to the above; check your partner(s).
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  5. Tirrus

    Tirrus Rope rider.

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    We try to have a second person go through the system entirely, and verbally, starting at the anchor. Press checking carabiners, making sure harnesses are doubled back, helmets are on, descenders are rigged properly, etc. It really doesn’t take much extra time, and helps mitigate risk and increase safety for all but the last.

    We also make up any lost time, by using the “On the Ground” command as soon as the rappeler touches down and begins to de-rig. This lets the next guy get into position, clip into the anchor, put their pack on, etc.
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  6. townsend

    townsend

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    Tirrus,

    Are you referring to various mnemonics? ABCDs . . .

    A -- anchor (check entire anchoring system)
    B -- buckles (at waist of harness and [possibly] leg loops)
    C -- carabiner
    D -- descender
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  7. Tirrus

    Tirrus Rope rider.

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    Sure, sounds good!
  8. Canyonero

    Canyonero

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    For the anchor, EARNEST:

    Equalized

    Angles (<90 degrees)

    Redundant

    No Extension

    Solid

    Timely

    For the rappeller, CHECK

    Clothing (away from rappel device)

    Helmet, Hands (gloves), Harness, Hair (away from rappel device)

    Environment (Loose rocks, ice, weather)

    Connections

    Knots
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