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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).

Missing Gear

This page explains the two cases where some gear might not appear in vRigger.

If there are many items in the gear panes, but a few items are missing

The Gear Manager lets you select the gear that you use from the larger selection of gear that is available. If you don't see an item, open the Gear Manager and move the item that you want to use from the "gear that you don't use" list to the "gear that you might use" list.

Some of vRigger's gear is only available if you own the "industry gear kit." This gear is displayed in gray text in the Gear Manager's "gear that you don't use" list and cannot be moved to the "gear that you might use" list. Click the Gear Licensing button in the Gear Manager to learn how to purchase the industry gear kit.

If there are approximately ten pieces of gear

vRigger normally downloads the gear the first time it is run. If this step is skipped, you will have about ten pieces of gear. If this happens:

  1. Select the Gear toolbar.

  2. Select Check for Updates.

  3. If vRigger prompts you to download an update, select Download & Install.
    If the prompt was to download the program rather than the gear, you should download and install the updated program, and then repeat the above steps to download the gear.

  4. If vRigger does not prompt you to download an update, select Manually Download Gear as shown below.
    If vRigger is unable to download the gear (which may happen if your firewall blocks vRigger), you can you can manually download the gear setup program from the vRigger website.