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Critique my Top Belay set-up


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eli poss · · Durango, Co · Joined May 2014 · Points: 456

Please critique my set-up. I'm a bit concerned about lowering. Should I drill a hole and thread some cord for that part?

Jared Moore · · Tahoe City, CA · Joined Aug 2013 · Points: 130

brilliant!

Lou Cerutti · · Carlsbad, California · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 217

Just clip that hex cord into the locker your rope is running around to close the system and your good

Todd Anderson · · Seattle, WA · Joined Jun 2011 · Points: 160

For lowering you can just unclip the bottom biner

Andrew Schindler · · Lakewood · Joined Aug 2015 · Points: 75

just girth hitch a sling on your harness, redirect and then clip it to the climbers strand. sit back slowly and you're done.

James T · · Livermore · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 80

Guys you have to remember that noobz come here and don't know a joke, so for everyone's safety please change them all to wiregate biners please

eli poss · · Durango, Co · Joined May 2014 · Points: 456
James T wrote:

Guys you have to remember that noobz come here and don't know a joke, so for everyone's safety please change them all to wiregate biners please

What's a wiregate biner? I sure hope that my biner isn't being held together by wire, it's not very strong. Also, should I be worried about microfractures in my rope?

Gunkiemike · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2009 · Points: 2,745
eli poss wrote:

What's a wiregate biner? I sure hope that my biner isn't being held together by wire, it's not very strong. Also, should I be worried about microfractures in my rope?

No. But I see metal-on-metal. Yer gonna dye. Or at least wear safety glasses so when the biners explode, as they surely will, the metal fragments don't go into your eyes.

Eric Tomaselli · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2017 · Points: 0

Oh sweet, is that the new petzl guide? 

Joe Garibay · · Ventura, Ca · Joined Apr 2014 · Points: 90

Use a wire hex. Too much rope to cord friction 

IcePick · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2017 · Points: 100

You guys are terrible 

Fritz N. · · Durango, CO · Joined Mar 2012 · Points: 115

Looks sketch, but I've seen setups that are more Nuts than this. I'm glad that you're seeking out community feedback and not just being Passive about it. Chock it up to experience.

David Kerkeslager · · Brooklyn, NY · Joined Jan 2017 · Points: 55

10/10 would whip if I could figure out how to whip on top belay.

AaronJ · · Saint Louis, MO · Joined Dec 2013 · Points: 178

I'm concerned about that knot in the hex cord. I seem to recall some tests that were done not too long ago that suggested knots might lower the strength of cord and slings. Has anybody else heard of this?

slim · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2004 · Points: 1,045

well, at least you found a use for an old hex.

James Schroeder · · Sauk County, WI · Joined May 2002 · Points: 3,042
slim wrote:

well, at least you found a use for an old hex.

This!

Sean Peter · · IL · Joined Aug 2013 · Points: 40

It looks like that was shot inside your house. Why the hell would you ever have to belay someone inside your house!?

Marcus · · Aspen, CO · Joined Jul 2017 · Points: 395
Sean Peter wrote:

It looks like that was shot inside your house. Why the hell would you ever have to belay someone inside your house!?

Obviously the stair lift has malfunctioned.

King Tut · · Citrus Heights · Joined Aug 2012 · Points: 420
eli poss wrote:

Please critique my set-up. I'm a bit concerned about lowering. Should I drill a hole and thread some cord for that part?

Um, and what happens if the rope saws through the cord on the Hex? And I think you will find that produces a lot of friction.

And...um, someone has too much time on their hands....:P

Guy Keesee · · Moorpark, CA · Joined Mar 2008 · Points: 310

Eli.....   looks great, go for it!

eli poss · · Durango, Co · Joined May 2014 · Points: 456
Sean Peter wrote:

It looks like that was shot inside your house. Why the hell would you ever have to belay someone inside your house!?

I was being a super duper safe climber by practicing new skills on the ground. Just trying to minimize risk of the outside world while I'm still learning

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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