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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).

Reverse Rope Routing

You can reverse which strand of rope enters and exits a piece of gear.

Reversed rope routing

Although the reversing wasn't helpful in the above example, it is helpful when the ropes appear to enter the gear on the "wrong" sides.

To reverse the rope routing, click on the gear to select it and then Do one of the following:

  • Choose Reverse Rope Routing in the Attributes group on the Home toolbar
  • Right-click on the gear that is connected to a rope and choose Reverse Rope Routing from the shortcut menu.

Reverse Rope Routing Tips

The reverse rope routing command is not available on gear where the rope enters and exits from the same location.

If you create your own gear using the Gear Builder, you can select the "Reverse the default rope routing" checkbox on the Gear Builder's Ropes page. We did that for the Petzl I'D and similar gear.