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Tie off the rope on the STOP descender

When descending, it is sometimes useful to stop on the rope and to have both hands free for various tasks. To do this, the descender is tied off to immobilize it.

Warnings

  • Carefully read the Instructions for Use used in this technical advice before consulting the advice itself. You must have already read and understood the information in the Instructions for Use to be able to understand this supplementary information.
  • Mastering these techniques requires specific training. Work with a professional to confirm your ability to perform these techniques safely and independently before attempting them unsupervised.
  • We provide examples of techniques related to your activity. There may be others that we do not describe here.

Choose between two tie-offs, depending on the situation:

1. Tie-off for short duration stops

This tie-off allows you to release the rope and use both hands to untangle the rope, unjam your gear...

Be sure to always stay in tension on the descender (this avoids cantilever loading and/or the tie-off coming undone).

Tie-off for short duration stops

2. Tie-off for long duration stops

With the rope looped over the descender, this second tie-off is more secure. It allows you to release the rope and to use both hands with maximum security (to place a bolt, reach a ledge in a pendulum...). Be sure to always stay in tension on the descender (this avoids cantilever loading).

Tie-off for long duration stops