The Monkey Tail Spar Descent system is a retrievable climbing device originally conceived by Odis Sisk for working a spar. The Monkey Tail is incorporated into a standard dynamic system. When utilized it creates a choking static system on a spar. It features one DMM machined aluminum ring spliced onto 8mm Ocean Polyester.
MBS: 5400 lbs.
Source: USA, Wales
Incorporate The Monkey Tail:
Step 1: Remove the carabiner from the lead eye splice
Step 2: Place eye splice through the ring of The Monkey Tail, allowing the MT to sit on top of the friction Hitch.
Step 3: The eye splice is placed around the stem. (now similar to a dynamic system) Keeping in mind that the MT works best if loading against the ring
Step 4: Tie a Blake’s Hitch below the eye on the climbing line, tied toward the stem. This would leave a small portion of climbing line with eye splice past the MT. This has now created a choking single line system
Step 5: Place Carabiner back into eye of climbing line (this is used as stopper and for retrieval)
Step 6: Place fall of line into the carabiner. A Gri-Gri or friction hitch can be used. If using a friction hitch remember to load test
Step 7: Descend and re- secure with lanyard
Step 8: Loosen standing parts of line by pulling a small amount of slack into system
Step 9: Pull both portions of line that enter carabiner in the Eye splice (this allows the system to slide down the spar)
Step 10: Take fall out of carabiner. Re- tighten MT around spar.
Photo Credit: Eric Berger
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- 24 Strand