Will rappelling using an Italian hitch wear my Petzl Contact rope out faster?

Will rappelling using an Italian hitch wear my Petzl Contact rope out faster?

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By shannon Guilloy | Aug 4th 2015 |
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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 31st 2015
Hi Shannon, The Italian (or Munter) hitch is usually used in situations where the climber has dropped or forgotten their normal belay device. It works by forcing the rope to rub hard against itself, creating enough friction to hold a person. If you are using it frequently as your method of rappelling, then you may well find that your rope wears out more quickly than it would other wise. Hope that helps, Dave

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