Climbing magazine is producing a series of how-to videos to demonstrate a number of basic skills and techniques. In this video, Julie Ellison, Climbing's gear editor, shows how to extend a rappel setup for a slower and safer rappel.


Previous Comments

Jaydee, I think you mean a "sewn sling". She is not using a quick draw (QD).

knowsmorethanthiseditor - 10/16/2014 2:33:23

"So long as it is 'not' shockloaded."

jaydee - 10/13/2014 10:04:37

Well, tieing an overhand knot in a long QD, if it is Spectra, weekens the QD, according to a DMM load test. The hair caught factor aside, a DMM test load of Spectra and nylon failed in only a few feet of fall with a body load generated fall factor. So, tieing an overhand loop in a quick draw reduces strength, but so long as it is shock loaded it wouldn't likely fail, shock loaded, multiple times, it just might. At least there was a back up autoblock chord.

jaydee - 10/13/2014 10:02:04

To all the critic's: No where in the video does she say this is a mandatory method or the only way to rappel. It is simply an instructional video that is showing a good tip. Thank you climbing magazine for making a well made instructional video. I hope to see more phone.

Robert - 04/03/2013 11:47:02

Hehe on our website we have a good safety video about abseiling with helmet!

Ian Leonard - 03/27/2013 3:33:29

Helmet, helmet, helmet, it is very important. It saved my life twice. Also, will this extended rappel work if one has to go down over a roof?

r2d2 - 03/22/2013 1:45:07

An extended rappel is a pretty dummy thing, as -the device being at head instead of chest level- your hair can get trapped inside the device very easily. Stick to the traditional one... works as fine and has no such danger!

antonio migheli - 03/22/2013 12:24:10

I appreciate the rappel safety, but what about wearing a helmet! it's ridiculous to show serious instruction with nice hairstyle and make up styled instructor without a helmet!!!

Leslie Ayres UIAGM - 03/22/2013 9:55:30