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 Rope lies between legs and across instep of foot. Pressure of
other foot upon rope acts as brake.
Figure 19. Leg grips on loose rope-Continued.
20.) The feet and hands can easily grasp the rope just
above the knots, allowing some muscular relaxation and
preventing slips and rope burns. The feet are kept to-
gether, pressing the rope between the insteps. Legs and
arms are slightly bent.
(2) Grasp the rope with the hands just above a knot.
Release the feet and lower them on to the next knot.
Hold with the feet and bring the hands down one knot.
e. Deliberate descents. Rope descents should be de-
liberate and unhurried, legs and feet applying pressure
to prevent arm strain and the consequent slipping and
hurrying. Long or fast drops or slipping will cause
severe rope burns. Skillful use of the feet and legs is
the surest safeguard.
f. Discipline. When a single rope is being used by
several men either at the same time or in succession they
should space themselves so that they do not crowd up,
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