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Friction modes and tie-offs for the HUIT

Rappelling on a single strand of rope requires knowing how to adjust the descender friction, depending on the situation. When stopping on rappel, a tie-off frees up your hands.

Warnings

  • Read the technical notice before viewing the following techniques.
  • It is important to fully understand the information provided in the technical notice before using this complementary information
  • Mastering these techniques requires training.
  • Consult a professional before attempting to perform these techniques on your own.

Adjusting friction on the HUIT

How the rope is inserted into the HUIT allows choosing the amount of friction suitable for the planned rappel, depending on the terrain, the situation, rope diameter, user weight... The choice must be made before starting the rappel.

Adjusting friction on the HUIT.
Adjusting friction on the HUIT.

Tying off the HUIT

To stop on rappel and free up your hands, you must do a tie-off.

  • HUIT tie-off in normal friction mode
HUIT tie-off in normal friction mode.
HUIT tie-off in normal friction mode.
  • HUIT tie-off in vertaco friction mode
HUIT tie-off in vertaco friction mode.
HUIT tie-off in vertaco friction mode.
  • Caver-style HUIT tie-off in vertaco friction mode

    WARNING: this tie-off can be difficult to undo if the user's feet are not on a supporting surface.
Caver-style HUIT tie-off in vertaco friction mode.
Caver-style HUIT tie-off in vertaco friction mode.

Technical tip done in collaboration with the CREPS Rhône-Alpes