Hoping to ask a couple basic Q's before my order arrives, I suspect I may've gotten insufficient gear..
1 - Is doubling-up ropes, or hardware, ever acceptable in climbing? IE, my 8mm prusik cord is acceptable despite being below ANSI strength, because I'm attached to two tails (so it becomes above 24kN), does this same logic apply in ways like me taking (2) lengths of my climb-rope (Blue Moon), knotting each's end to an O-ring, and making my own cambium saver/friction saver? Or make a basal anchor by doubling-up in such a way?
2 - Is a figure-8 and your regular eye-in-eye hitch cord enough for a safe rappel? I ordered a harness/rope/etc but I only got ascenders, for descent all I got was a figure-8....if that & controlling the friction-hitch/eye-in-eye isn't sufficient for safe descent, what do I need?
Thanks a ton, am definitely going to be sure I never use anything not meeting ANSI but am planning on redundancies in some areas so wanna know these things, for instance if I set a canopy-anchor that my rope was running-through, but it wasn't a ring-in-ring but instead simply a carabiner tied to a lanyard, in such cases my instinct would be to just toss a 2nd carabiner there, even though the first one is ANSI-OK it seems to make sense both for peace-of-mind and just for rope-wear, heck I bought a handful of these steel thimbles to use in making loops on my rope, am already planning on using them in any&every instance they're applicable to reduce rope-on-rope friction!