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this has been very useful - thanks everyone for the input.

The ascending is not bad - I need a second foot loop instead of just one, but other than that it seems good.

I will probably get a dedicated descender.  I've used the old figure 8 style before,

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but will likely go with the knucklebone looking type for the reasons given in the video that Psyche posted. 

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I'm not brave enough to think I can do it on a prussic alone.

 

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30 minutes ago, aardvarkash10 said:

this has been very useful - thanks everyone for the input.

The ascending is not bad - I need a second foot loop instead of just one, but other than that it seems good.

I will probably get a dedicated descender.  I've used the old figure 8 style before,

HTB1hggPBNuTBuNkHFNRq6A9qpXag.jpg

but will likely go with the knucklebone looking type for the reasons given in the video that Psyche posted. 

HTB1JBCFB3KTBuNkSne1q6yJoXXaB.jpg

I'm not brave enough to think I can do it on a prussic alone.

 

I would suggest investigating a GriGri as an option. 

And you can also use a GriGri as an ascender with leg prussics or an ascender.  Then you're all ready to descend, no change over required, just pull the lever and down you come. 

The knuckle thing, is known as an ATC. 

https://www.alpinesavvy.com/blog/using-a-gri-gri-to-ascend-fixed-ropes

 

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