Is it possible to rappel on a Grigri and still retrieve my rope from the bottom?

Is it possible to rappel on a Grigri and still retrieve my rope from the bottom?

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By Alistair Whitaker | Aug 7th 2015 |
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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 25th 2015
Hi Alistair, There are a few techniques you can use to do this but you will only be able to descend half the length of your rope. The easiest method is to feed one end of your rope through the anchor and tie into it. then attach the Grigri to the rope on the other side of the anchor. Now you can weight the rope. When you pull the leaver on the Grigri the rope will feed through the anchor and you should descend. Make sure the rope is fed through a metal anchor and not a webbing or rope anchor, as the friction may cause enough heat to melt through either of these materials. Try practising the technique in a safe environment before you have to seriously rely on it. Hope that helps, Dave

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