Figure rappel device

The figure-8 is probably the most popular special device for rappelling (fig. 8-6). It is simpler to set up and requires less force to control than the carabiner brake method.

Keep in mind the disadvantages. It means carrying an extra piece of equipment, and most figure-8s are relatively heavy. If you lose or forget it, you must be prepared to use another rappel method. Most figure-8s require use of a locking carabiner and don't give you the option of using doubled carabiners. And the figure-8 puts some twists in the rope. The figure-8 was designed for rappelling, though some climbers use the device in one of several possible configurations for belaying.

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