Tie off the rope on the STOP descender - Petzl Netherlands
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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

  • 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.

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