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This also applies to cable, chain, and webbing.

Gear that is anchored includes anchors, rocks, trees, tripods, trucks, etc.

A "bight" is a simple loop in a rope that does not cross itself.

A "bend" is a knot that joins two ropes together. Bends can only be attached to the end of a rope.

A "hitch" is a type of knot that must be tied around another object.

"Descending devices" (e.g., ATCs, Brake Bar Racks, Figure 8s, Rescue 8s, etc) create friction as their primary purpose. The friction in descending devices is always considered when calculating forces.

The "Safety Factor" is the ratio between the gear's breaking strength and the maximum load applied to the gear (e.g., 5:1).

Working with Cable

vRigger does not distinguish between rope and cable (i.e., wire rope).

You can make a rope look more like wire rope by editing the rope's properties to change its color (typically to either black or gray) and to reduce its diameter. You may also want to change its strength.


Learn more about working with cable, chain, rope, and webbing.

Watch a video that explains how to work with rope and webbing.