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Rock Climbing Photo: Chicken-head belay!
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By Eric Sophiea
Apr 18, 2014
Um... I don't want to be critical, but this is not an example of a good belay anchor. Several problems here. Just pointing this out in case any inexperienced climbers see it and think it's okay to put a clove-hitch into two non-locking 'biners, belay from only two heads, etc.
By Aerili
From: Los Alamos, NM
Apr 21, 2014
I think I would rather climb with the anchor-builder than the commenter here.
By Jimbo
Apr 23, 2014
I've done this very thing for 30 years. Totally fine. Once the clove is snug it's not moving on the biners, and two big chicken heads is more than adequate for a belay.
By jbak
Apr 24, 2014
Many are the times I would have been over-joyed to have such an anchor.

I have seen bigger, stronger-looking heads break. But still.
By schmeisser
Jun 12, 2014
opposing cararbiners=a locker in my book.
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Chicken-head belay!

Submitted By: Stu Ritchie on Mar 16, 2009
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Moby Dick (5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c )
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