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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 Hands

Hands can be used to illustrate where someone would pull or release a rope. The hands connect to cables, chains, ropes, and webbing, and not to other gear like pulleys and carabiners.

The Forces (pull/release) section in the properties pane lets you change the force properties of hands, including the maximum force that the hand can hold.

Learn more about gear that can pull or release rope.