Originally Posted by Tomahawk
I am no climber ... so I am not understanding your terminology
What is prussic and prussing?
One bit of advice I can offer to a climber is to make fast the bitter end of the halyard by using a bargemans hitch round the winch.. It is not that I don't trust clutches... but it is my body going up the stick..
For other advice, I use an ascender with a long pair of foot loops and a grigri for goung up. I have found that I get better control and balance if I pass the line from the foot loops to the ascender through the climbing harness. That way you affectively anchor
your effort close to your CoG.
Using two foot loops allows you to use your feet to guide yourself close to the stick whilst going up.. Tnink about mast rake and the effect of your weight at the top of the rig. I can also stand on the foot loops to give myself the extra few inches right at the top if I need to do anything to the lights Etc.
To come down I remove the ascender and use the Grigri as a decender clutch
.. The STOP on a separate rope is the backup.. You need to hang a bucket full of water
on the safety
line so the STOP can work...
Thanks for the advice. Sorry for using unfamiliar terms. Here's the cross-reference:
What is prussic and prussing? A Prussik knot is actually a friction hitch where one rope can be used as locking device and the other rope being the climbing rope. A Prussik knot is formed by using a loop of rope which is then wrapped around the main rope in a basket hitch kind of way 3 times. It's best if you look at a demo online as it's easier to do than explain!
Jumaring? Jumaring is the common term for an ascender device. I believe it's a Swiss word.
ATC? An ATC is a belay device that climbers use. I have no idea why it is called an ATC (=Air Traffic Controller). They gave it this name for some reason but it doesn't make sense. Probably a marketing
name back in the day! It is a friction hitch basically. Kind of works like a prussik but is easier to use. Is better than using a GriGri belay device since GriGri's can't dissipate the heat generated when rappelling. Doesn't autolock as simply a GriGri though so you have to be sure of how to make it work. It's more versatile.
Rappelling? Rappelling/abseiling is the descent of a rope using a belay device. It's the cool thing you see on movies where a squadron of SWAT guys come down the ropes to get the bad guys. And it's really fun!!
I like your idea of feeding the foot loop through your harness loop. It won't give you as much leverage with your legs but will keep you more straight. Neat idea. Will try that. :-)
I've been messing around with a pulley system to assist in my ascent which I locked off with a grigri (still experimenting). Ascender/grigri to inch worm up the rope. Will think about the backup. Maybe a micro ascender or a prussik.