Potential Problems

Shirttails, hair, chinstraps from a hard hat, and just about anything else have the potential to get pulled into the braking system. Keep a knife handy in case you have to cut foreign material out of the system.

If you run across a tangled or jammed rope on the way down, fix it while you're still above the problem. Stop at the last convenient ledge above the area, or stop with a leg wrap (explained in the next section). Pull the rope up, correct the problem, then throw it down again. Sometimes there's a simple solution. For instance, rappelling down blank slabs, you can often just shake out tangles as they are encountered.

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