Jaydee, I think you mean a "sewn sling". She is not using a quick draw (QD).
"So long as it is 'not' shockloaded."
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.
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.
Hehe on our website we have a good safety video about abseiling with helmet!
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?
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!
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!!!