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Topic - Rope too short to lower off.

Paul Hy - on 16 Nov 2012
Going back to Spain next year with intention of doing some long mountain routes so taking 50 metre halves, thatís what I have for UK. We may also be doing some single pitch stuff. On routes up to 25 metre simply lower off as normal, tie dead rope ends together just in case! But on 30 metre single pitch with typical bolts and chain belay point, whatís the lower off method.

Iíve come up with this:
1. Secure yourself to anchor(s) with cows tail or similar.
2. Attach rope to harness (so you donít drop it) before untying it from harness.
3. Thread it thro ring and tie the two ropes together using overhand knot leaving 60cm tail.
4. Untie other knot from harness.
5. Insert both ropes into belay plate and attach to harness.
6. Attach French prussic if required.
7. Double check system.
8. Remove cows tail from anchors.
9. Abseil off.
10. Pull rope.

Suggestions/improvements please.
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