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Re: [marshallgeo5] Top Rope Anchor and Rappel
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marshallgeo5 wrote:
... is it safe to tie a mule knot and overhand with only one strand of the rappel rope?

Yes - as long as the rappel rope is knotted to the anchor and not just passed through a locker(s) such as for a standard top-rope rig (probably obvious).

marshallgeo5 wrote:
Secondly, Are you also still tied into your static rope in some way for an extra measure of safety?

The mule with overhand itself does not need a backup.

That said, I might already be tied in by some other means for security (e.g., if it's a sloping cliff top). But in that case I usually don't go through the trouble of working with the mule with overhand.

I'll add that the important thing in any of this is one should be confident of avoiding this: leashed at full stretch to an anchor below you and so then fall twice the length of the leash onto the anchor. This is equivalent to a worst-case lead fall - very bad. The option I mentioned does introduce significant risk of this possibility for some circumstances.

Bill L

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