Tying-off the PIRANA
When rappelling, it is sometimes useful to stop the descent in order to perform various tasks (install a deviation, untangle the rope...). To do this, the descender is tied off to immobilize it.
- 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.
There are several kinds of tie-off, which is selected depending on the context (rappelling with feet supported, or free-hanging) and/or according to the maneuvers to be performed:
1. Temporary stop.
You must keep a hand on the brake side of the rope.
2. Long duration tie-off
Here are two tie-offs that allow both hands to be free, with maximum security.
The second tie-off is not recommended for free-hanging rappels because it can be difficult to undo, which is problematic on a waterfall rappel.