Rope Toss

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Rope Toss

Postby FreightTrain » Jun 13, 2018 10:14 am


Lets say I'm going to do a long drop (i.e, 100+ feet). Do you all just throw the rope over the ledge after anchoring, or do you leave the majority of the rope coiled up and spool it out during your rappel?

I always assumed most folks tossed the rope over the edge, until I saw a rappel video of somebody in Ellison's that appeared to show him spooling it out during his descent.

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Re: Rope Toss

Postby Squirrel Girl » Jun 13, 2018 2:31 pm

What you don't want to do is toss a coil over the edge. That will cause a terrible tangle. You can toss an uncoiled rope over the edge, though. Spooling out would be safest, probably. Jamming a rope in a bag, then tossing it is usually good enough.
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Re: Rope Toss

Postby GroundquestMSA » Jun 15, 2018 9:22 pm

I usually flake out a pile, toss the first twenty feet and lower the rest through my hands to prevent tangles. I dont like rappelling above a bag since I like a bit of rope weight, especially at the top of a long drop.
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Re: Rope Toss

Postby trogman » Jun 16, 2018 5:26 pm

Same here, I usually anchor it and then feed it out with my hands from the top. As Squirrel Girl said, throwing a coil over the edge is a good way to get a massive tangle. :hairpull: I still manage to end up with a tangle sometimes, but at least it is at the top where I can deal with it relatively easily.

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