BlueWater Ropes Rappel Rack
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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Here's what other sites are saying:
BlueWater Rappel Racks are available in both 11" and 14" lengths, as well as straight or 90 degree frames. BlueWater recommends using 5 brake bars on the 11" frame and 6 on the 14" frame. They also recommend using a grooved brake bar for the top bar. *Brake bars are sold separately. *The Welded Eye frame style is available in a straight model only.
Augment your rappel rack with BlueWater's aluminum, Grooved Brake Bar - a lightweight addition to your gear. Guide the rope through the training groove that also simplifies proper rigging.
- 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.