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).
Learn the basics about calculating forces in vRigger.
Learn how to display force labels and overload symbols.
Learn about rope angles during force calculations.
Learn how to set the friction, strength, and weight of gear.
Learn how to troubleshoot force calculations.
REMINDER: The force calculations in vRigger are based on a static, two-dimensional model—the values can vary in the "real world." It is your responsibility to understand the strength of your rigging systems.