What gear do people use for abseiling onto slopes where there is say a 5 to 10 meter cliff at the entrance? A rope obviously but how do you set up the belay so you can recover gear? Or do you just hammer in a piton and leave it in-situ? I’ve heard of people using wooden home made deadmen anchors but this seems like it could be risky to set up and make work.
If your asking this question I would suggest that you get on a course or go out with some people who are ALREADY competent at belay selection and types of descender appropriate for that particular type of descent. (I am not trying to be rude, you may know what your doing?)
A first port of call would be a book, you-tube, mates then PRACTICE it in your home, then get out onto a grassy slope, then a small edge with a good landing (should it go wrong) then something a bit more serious.
ALWAYS HAVE A BACK UP SYSTEM - PRUSSIK LOOP MINIMUM, BOTTOM ROPE BE-LAYER, OR A SELF LOCKING DESCENDER.
ALWAYS TIE A KNOT IN THE END OF THE ROPE SO YOU CANT ABSEIL OFF THE END OF IT
REMEMBER IF YOU ARE GOING TO DOUBLE THE ROPE SO YOU CAN PULL IT DOWN, YOU NEED TWICE THE LENGTH OF THE ABSEIL.
EVERY SITUATION WILL BE DIFFERENT AND COMMUNICATION WITH OTHERS CAN BE DIFFICULT IN THE WIND IN A GULLY, AND YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO SEE EACHOTHER....... A WHISTLE IS A GOOD WAY -
KEEP IT SIMPLE!!