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Not a belay device!

This item works very well when you use it to escape from a big wall or trad climb, or even at the top of a rappell. Make no mistake about it, this is not a belay device, such as the ATC, ATC-XP, or the Guide ATC; or any other belay device. This item is used to rappel from, not belay with. I have used these on several occasions, for their intended purpose and they work great! Nice, light, and easy to use.

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Please see my question, either above or below. So, do I understand that the purpose of these rings would be that one end of a sling would be attached to one of these rings, and then the rope would go through the ring, instead of having a biner attached to the sling (and the other end of the sling would go to an anchor on the wall? Sort of like a quickdraw? Please, somebody help me understand how these are used. A complete but "beginner" level explanation would be severely appreciated. Thank You - Douglas in Minnesota - douglas1000@comcast.net

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This ring is used sort of like a quick draw, but not exactly:

Typically you will find rap rings in two locations: on webbing tied aroung a natural anchor, or connected to bolts with a quick link (mallion rapide).

When building an anchor out of a natural protection point (think a tree, or appropriate rock) you usually take a length of webbing and TIE it into a loop around the tree with a water knot. With this rap ring, you simply slide the ring onto the webbing BEFORE tying the not around your anchor point. Now you have a tree slung with webbing that has an aluminum ring on it. You thread your rope through the ring, rapell off, and pull your rope. The point of the ring is that, after multiple pulls, rope-on-webbing friction will burn through a nylon sling. This ring prevents that from happeneing, extending the usefull life of the anchor. It also allows you to lower from a sling anchor without sawing through the sling, though this is a less typical use.

When connecting to a bolt-anchor, you simply use two rap rings, one for each bolt. The rap rings are connected to the bolts with quick links. This is typically done to reduce wear on the permenant bolt-anchors, as the rap-rings and quick links are removeable. After leading, you clip your quick draws into the anchor bolts. If you want to top-rope, you top-rope off of your own quick draws. When you are done, you rapell (or lower) the route by threading the rope through both rap rings, thereby saving wear on the anchor bolts. You'd be amazed how easily dirty ropes on popular sport climbs can cut through nice SS bolt anchors.