BlueWater Ropes Rappel Rack
For other than recreational mountaineering, this has…
Price Paid: somewhere around $40 (a while ago)
For other than recreational mountaineering, this has been my preferred rappel system for many years, especially on long drops. I like the great amount of control available, the degree to which you can rappel just a little tint bit, and the ability to lock off positively.
I have used it for mountain rescue applications, and also for applications doing archaeology and paleontology where rappelling was necessary to reach sites and specimens. The longest of these was a situation calling for a 580' rappel, most of which was free. On that occasion, a hot summer day, it was necessary to carry a small water bottle to cool down the rig which did get a bit hot. I think I have always used a six bar rig.
The rig is a bit bulky, but for the situations that require a rack, that is a highly acceptable tradeoff.
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BlueWater Brake Bars are available in standard aluminum and grooved aluminum. Training grooves assist in guiding the rope and aid in proper rigging.
Rappel with precise speed control with the 6-bar Rappel Rack by BlueWater Ropes. This excellent system has been redesigned with a welded eye-loop, that is stronger than previous models. An excellent system for anyone who rappels frequently, the stainless steel rack will stand up to abuse. Brake bars sold separately.
- Mountain Gear
Blue Water Rappel Racks (Fall 2007) The Rappel Racks by Blue Water are available in both 11 inch and 14 inch lengths as well as straight or 90 degree frames. We recommend using 5 brake bars on the 11 inch frame and 6 on the 14 inch frames. We also recommend using a grooved brake bar for the top bar. Bars sold separately. Manufactured from 304 Stainless Steel.