|By Wei-Ming |
From Atlanta, GA
Apr 25, 2012
So, I've always used hms or parabiner for belaying with tubular belay devices. I've seen people belay with biners like BD Positron, Omega Pacific Locking D. Usually these climbers are not going to be rappelling/munter hitch/rigging/belaying from above. Personally, I see this as a red-flag for a belayer, and use caution when tying in with them.
I stick with the hms not only because of it's extra utility, but just instinctually as well. With a rope constantly moving on the biner, it seems logical that a larger biner is less likely to unscrew, as well as handle rope better.
Have been trying to figure out if there are any other reasons to recommend a hms to folks using small asymmetrical locking biners as their belay as opposed to Attache, Rocklock, DMM Boa etc. Most of the benefits seem to kick in if you get into outdoor climbing, and if they are never planning on doing that...?