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Rigging a Fixed Abseil Rope for Sea Cliff Climbing

By Simon Colley


Most climbers take a separate rope when they need to abseil into sea cliffs. This means that they don't have to abseil on their climbing ropes, and they leave themselves some way of escaping if it all goes a bit wrong. Here are a few top tips on rigging an abseil rope.


Tip One

Rigging a Fixed Abseil Rope for Sea Cliff Climbing

A good way of connecting to short metal stakes or spikes is by using a clove hitched sling with a krab. You can improve the security of this by turning the clove hitch around so its inside the sling.


Rigging a Fixed Abseil Rope for Sea Cliff Climbing

Then place it over the stake. Now it will tighten itself up under load.


Tip Two

Rigging a Fixed Abseil Rope for Sea Cliff Climbing

A simple and efficient way of attaching your abseil rope to two anchors is by using a Y hang. Tie the end of your rope off to the first anchor. Tie an overhand loop in the rope below both anchors then clip it back into the second anchor. Try to get the length of the loop roughly right before your tie the overhand knot.


Rigging a Fixed Abseil Rope for Sea Cliff Climbing

When you pull the rope below the overhand knot both anchors should be loaded equally. You can make fine adjustments by feeding the rope in and out of the overhand knot.


Tip Three

Rigging a Fixed Abseil Rope for Sea Cliff Climbing

If you need to equalise a lot of anchors, one of the neatest tricks is to use a separate rigging rope to equalise them. Tie off one end of your rigging rope then clip it into all of the anchors in sequence.


Rigging a Fixed Abseil Rope for Sea Cliff Climbing

Pull the loops of rope between the anchors together to a central point.


Rigging a Fixed Abseil Rope for Sea Cliff Climbing

Tie all the loops off with a big overhand knot. Check each strand going into the knot is included in the knot by pulling them separately. You should now have an equalised central loop that you can clip your abseil rope into.




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