Be it trekking or rock climbing, rappelling is one of the most prominent methods for emergency descends.
No wonder the connection between nature and mankind is surreal.
And to synchronize with all the natural frequencies, you yearn to explore all its aesthetics.
With that being said, nothing can beat rock climbing.
However, every adventurous activity tends to bring adversity as well. And during an emergency, weighing all the heavy gears seem more than impossible.
Here, rappel rings come into play to help you rappel or descend accompanying a rope.
If you don’t know how to use rappel rings yet, then rejoice; you just got lucky! Today I am going to spill some facts about rappel rings and how they can be used effectively.
Check it out!
What Are Rappel Rings Anyway?
Well, rappel rings are basically small, circular-shaped chunks of metal. These rings are commonly incorporated with hangers that can be tilted at 90 degrees.
Also, hangers are usually drilled deep into the wall while the other end is directed outside or sticking out of the wall.
When the rappel rings are attached with the hanger, it’s mainly bolted into a wall. Moreover, it allows you to make your way down to a certain height or length of a clip.
If there’s any territory where it’s almost impossible to rappel for the absence of anchors, you can consider using rappelling rings to lower yourself.
Where Should I Use Rappel Rings?
When you are somewhere between climbing, canyoneering, or caving, and at that moment, lowering yourself down a route feels convenient, consider using rappel rings.
Rappel rings can be used for various purposes, but due to their prominence in emergency descends, I am solely focusing on the climbing aspects.
Now, make sure you comprehend the difference between momentary use and frequent use. Because rappel rings should be used in the time of emergencies.
For instance, when you are out of resources to make your way down to a cliff, using rappel rings seems plausible.
The thing is, you can literally pin these raps down into the rocks, but what if the rock is already infused with other materials.
If this happens, the raps won’t be able to penetrate inside the rock. Thus, it will be impossible to support your overall body weight.
Hence, make sure you fathom where and when to use rappel rings.
Also, if you are 100 percent sure about the place where you are rappelling, and you have the local climber association’s help, then you should definitely give it a go.
Using Rappel Rings – Explained!
There are basically two steps in order to use the rappel rings appropriately.
Step 1: Setting Up the Anchor
First thing first, you have to prepare yourself for the anchor. Now, in order to install a proper rappel anchor, you have to thread or twine one or two raps according to the size of the webbing.
Once you are done, start casing the webbing around the anchor tree. Ensure picking a solid, deep-rooted tree so that it can withstand the load of your body.
Also, avoid trees that seem wobbly or trembles when you push them aggressively. The anchor should be capable of undergoing repetitive use.
Step 2: Setting up the Rappel Rings (Two Strands)
When you have finally found a suitable natural anchor, it’s time to set up the rappel rings. However, if you don’t have any natural anchor, you can also anchor yourself through PAS(personal anchor system), a sling, or the like to the rappel ring bolt.
- First, make sure the rope you are using is adequately protected to the harness. In this case, you can use overhand knots through carabiners.
- String one end of the rope inside the rappel rings and make a stopper knot so that the rings don’t come off.
- Find the other end of the rope and start making another stopper knot for optimal security.
- Proceed to haul the rope through the raps. Stop after you reach the halfway route on the rope. Some ropes have the halfway marked so that you can determine the exact region.
- Now, take the raps and create a link between the rappel device and the rope. To safeguard the grasp, attach it with your harness.
- Once the rope is properly fed through the raps, it’s time to undo the knot and allow the rope to hover.
- Make sure both of the rope ends are touching the surface or ground parallelly.
- Finally, un-anchor yourself and start rappelling.
Rappelling with One Strand
If you are using one strand to rappel, then follow these techniques –
- Tie up yourself with the rappel rings.
- Take one side of the rope and run it through the rappel rings.
- Use any desired knot to connect the rope and raps.
- If you are considering to tie it with one rappel ring, then ensure securing it on the other ring.
- Craft a stopper knot on the other end of the rope.
- Now, lower it and engage the rappel device with it.
- Un-anchor and start rappelling.
Consider Inspecting the Rappel Ring
It’s extremely crucial to check your rappel ring before using or purchasing it. Here are some facts that you should take into account!
1. Check the overall quality, such as the water and rust resistance, durability, ease of use, etc.
2. Due to excessive use, your rappel rings develop grooves in the metal. Hence, ensure checking the interior of the ring for possible grooves so that you can avoid feeding your rope inside it.
3. Always buy rappel rings with solid weld.
4. Ensure maintaining the physical truthfulness of your raps by testing the entire shape. Because sometimes, due to exceeding pressure on one side, the rings form an oval shape. And it’s not a good sign but a premonition of internal damage. Hence, make sure you check the shape.
Just to be safe, I am repeating myself, “don’t use rappel rings if you aren’t sure about the solidity of the anchor.”
If you are using a tree or relying on a rock to support your body and attaching the rappel rings, it should be capable of withstanding your body weight.
Also, ensure noting down the helpline number of the local climber’s association. Now to conclude, let me know if you have any questions regarding this topic in the comment section.