/ PRODUCT NEWS: Beal ESCAPER detachable abseil system
Has anyone used one in the field yet? It looks like it would only work were the anchor allows the system to hang in free space? I didn't read the fine details so maybe this is the idea .
like if the anchor was a pair of steaks on the top of a cliff/stack and the rope system was going to be on the ground once your abbing it looks like it might be hard to get it free'd up with the 8 pulls as the friction on the ground / edge would stop the rope from pull/retracting correctly .
I was thinking about a possible rope recovery system today that involves a well trained mouse equipped with a mouse size knife and a mouse size base jumping rig . Once you make it to the bottom of the ab he climbs the rope and cuts away the end of the rope . He/she would then base jump to safety , repack the base rig and be ready for the next pitch .
This would mean losing a slight bit of rope but I couldn't come up with a conceivable way of training a mouse to undo an anchor system .
I keep looking at this and thinking "go forth and multiply" I'd rather carry another rope (or 7mm line) than risk using one of these.
> like if the anchor was a pair of steaks on the top of a cliff/stack and the rope system was going to be on the ground once your abbing it looks like it might be hard to get it free'd up with the 8 pulls as the friction on the ground / edge would stop the rope from pull/retracting correctly .
If the anchor was a pair of steaks I think that would be your main issue, and the rope would come down quite fast with you, mocking your splattered remains by plonking some stray meat cuts on top.
There are some occasions when steaks make reasonable anchors but they are rare.
I have used one. It's specialist kit that I certainly wouldn't use all the time but is far less sketchy than it looks.
After reading about the tests people like David have made with them, my fear definitely tends towards the 'I can't retrieve my rope' end of the spectrum, rather than the 'my rope has retrieved itself early' end.
Imagine the call to the PGHM? I'd die of embarrassment.
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