You've seen it on the big screen and maybe even tried your Xbox controller hand at it once or twice. But rappelling from a Black Hawk chopper in real life is a bit more difficult than it appears. First comes the rigorous training overseen by a "certified rappel master. Rappels are organized into three heights: low, below 75 feet; medium, 75 to feet; and high, above feet. Air Assault School is a rigorous day course. It starts with the basic Lock-In rappel, followed by what is called a Hollywood rappel.
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The most modern devices, such as a Grigri or REVO offer assisted braking to try and correct in case of belayer inattention or error. Every belay device has its drawbacks however, and most outdoors enthusiasts own several different types for different conditions and activities. The Figure 8, also known as an 8 ring, is one of the simplest rappel devices, and has been around for a long time. I used to use a Figure 8 primarily for canyoneering, because I liked it better than an ATC in certain situations. You can read about them in this article I wrote. See Also: Tips for Safer Rappelling. Figure 8 rappel devices are very simple to set up, and there is little room for error.
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Imagine a situation where you are at the top a cliff and you only have a rope — no harness , carabiners, or belay device. Maybe you dropped something, maybe your other equipment is damaged, maybe you went canyoneering and only packed a rope, no climbing gear? A 40 foot cliff lies between you and the rest of your route onward. How would you do it? Could you safely get down the cliff?
The adventure is not over when you top out on a climb. Sure, you may have completed your upward journey for the day, but you are by no means done with the climb - the uphill is only half the battle. Once you top out on a climb, you have a number of options for your descent. That being said, rappelling is by no means a risk-free activity.