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Rescued in Blue Mountains May 31, the analysis 28-Jun-2015 At 7:50:52 PM phillipivan
On 28/06/2015 Drake wrote:
> However I think using a autoblock brake on an extended device is an easy and quick way to > minimize the chance of losing control of an abseil, particularly when it is dark/wet/unknown > territory

Look it may stop you losing control of the rope, but once the ends of the rope go through the knot, they are going through the device. Whereas if the knot is above the device it *might* still hold you, precariously just beyond the end of the rope.

I have abseiled off the end of a rope once, not because I lost control. An autobloc below my extended device wouldn't have done jack shit. A knot above it may have. Which is still not enough to persuade me to ever put the knot above... Go figure.

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