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News got around about carabiner gates breaking, so I made this one to use on a carabiner with the gate missing.
This brake bar is reversible, with high and low friction sides.
Darrell’s comments: No number 6.
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This one looks a bit classier than #5 and it works great on a dry rope, but on a damp rope, I couldn't get down except by pushing rope into it.
The V-shaped notch greatly increases the friction.
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This was my first attempt to get a variable friction into a descender that didn't load the gate. It couldn't be adjusted on rope and it took a lot of adjustment to make a noticeable difference.
This idea isn't practical, but you never know until you try.
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A further unsuccessful attempt to get a descender that was adjustable. This one could be changed after getting on rope, but like the previous one, the difference was way too small. This design didn't stress the gate either.
Adjusting this on rope is not easy to do quickly.
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