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Rudy Chavira · · Taylorsville. Ut · Joined Sep 2017 · Points: 0

Has anyone had experience with ropeman 1 using it for TR free solo, does it feed without taking up slack? Thanks.

DrRockso · · Red River Gorge, KY · Joined Sep 2013 · Points: 339
Rudy Chavira wrote:

Has anyone had experience with ropmean 1 using it for TR free solo, does it feed without taking up slack? Thanks.

Roped free solo?? Bee boo bah boo beep, (robot voice ) :does not compute.  

Rudy Chavira · · Taylorsville. Ut · Joined Sep 2017 · Points: 0
DrRockso wrote:

Ropes free solo?? Bee boo bah boo beep, (robot voice ) :does not compute.  

Simple don't know will do.

Bill Czajkowski · · Albuquerque, NM · Joined Oct 2008 · Points: 30
Rudy Chavira wrote:

Simple don't know will do.

"Free solo" means what to you? Not what it usually means, it appears. 

ClimbingOn · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2008 · Points: 405

It could be used, yes. However, that is not its intended purpose. Have others used it to TR solo? Absolutely. Should you? That depends.

I would recommend two Petzl micro traxions used with a chest harness for TR soloing.

Regardless of what device(s) you use to TR solo, you will want to weight the end of your rope to help with ease of feeding, the slack problem you mention. Tie/clip your pack to the end of the rope with a few pounds in it - a water bottle or two and some extra gear should do the trick.

If you really want to use a Ropeman 1, I have one I would sell you for $34 + shipping.

Also, regardless of what device(s) you use to TR solo, make certain to tie back-up knots. These will help keep you safe.


David Coley · · UK · Joined Oct 2013 · Points: 70
Rudy Chavira wrote:

Has anyone had experience with ropeman 1 using it for TR free solo, does it feed without taking up slack? Thanks.

Just; if rope thin and weight on rope. Use a traxion.

20 kN · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2009 · Points: 1,346

I would not use any single ascender for TR solo except in an emergency. They are not really intended for fall arrest and they can slip or come off the rope under some circumstances. I've seen ascenders slip and tear up a rope before on bodyweight alone and I've also seen them pop off the rope before. That's why people normally use two Micro Traxions if they are going to use combination pulleys for TR solo.

eli poss · · Durango, Co · Joined May 2014 · Points: 442
20 kN wrote:

I would not use any single ascender for TR solo except in an emergency. They are not really intended for fall arrest and they can slip or come off the rope under some circumstances. I've seen ascenders slip and tear up a rope before on bodyweight alone and I've also seen them pop off the rope before. That's why people normally use two Micro Traxions if they are going to use combination pulleys for TR solo.

I would agree with you for normal ascenders but I can't imagine how the rope could ever pop off the ropeman unless you either put it on incorrectly or the biner broke. The cam could get stuck open which would certainly be bad but it can't just pop off the rope like a handled ascender.

20 kN · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2009 · Points: 1,346
eli poss wrote:

I would agree with you for normal ascenders but I can't imagine how the rope could ever pop off the ropeman unless you either put it on incorrectly or the biner broke. The cam could get stuck open which would certainly be bad but it can't just pop off the rope like a handled ascender.

I was speaking in general terms about ascenders. The Ropeman cannot come off the rope, but the cam can fail to lock.

Don Ferris III · · Eldorado Springs · Joined Nov 2012 · Points: 175

I use a ropeman for TR solo regularly as a backup to a micro traxion. It's not my favorite setup (I would prefer 2 micro traxions) but I do like the simplicity of the device and the comfort that it would be nearly impossible for it to not grab the rope. With the proper biner it will feed well enough but no where near as nicely as the micro traxion. 

Rudy Chavira · · Taylorsville. Ut · Joined Sep 2017 · Points: 0
Don Ferris wrote:

I use a ropeman for TR solo regularly as a backup to a micro traxion. It's not my favorite setup (I would prefer 2 micro traxions) but I do like the simplicity of the device and the comfort that it would be nearly impossible for it to not grab the rope. With the proper biner it will feed well enough but no where near as nicely as the micro traxion. 

Don some comments regarding the teeth damaging rope is this a big concern? I'm probably going with a mini traction, and micro, since I already own mini. Thsnks

Phil Powell · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2016 · Points: 0

I use a petzl rescucender for ropes solos

l oa · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2012 · Points: 420

I  use a ropeman 2 fo TR solo and love it! It is small, but so are my fingers so it's not an issue. 

Don Ferris III · · Eldorado Springs · Joined Nov 2012 · Points: 175
Rudy Chavira wrote:

Don some comments regarding the teeth damaging rope is this a big concern? I'm probably going with a mini traction, and micro, since I already own mini. Thsnks

The mini and micro are also toothed devices. I don't think it's as big of a deal as people say. If you're shredding your sheath your setup is wrong and you need to keep your primary device pulled up and feeding nicely. If those are taken care of it will not damage your rope. Period. 

Andrew Vinzant · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 452

I use a Ropeman MK1F for TR solo and love it.

Rudy Chavira · · Taylorsville. Ut · Joined Sep 2017 · Points: 0
Andrew Vinzant wrote:

I use a Ropeman MK1F for TR solo and love it.

Andrew is that the only one your using.?

caughtinside · · Oakland CA · Joined Nov 2006 · Points: 1,450

I use a ropeman 2 as a backup for my traxion. Works great. I would use it as a primary device. 

Rudy Chavira · · Taylorsville. Ut · Joined Sep 2017 · Points: 0
caughtinside wrote:

I use a ropeman 2 as a backup for my traxion. Works great. I would use it as a primary device. 

Hey does it feed smooth? Without manually moving it up

caughtinside · · Oakland CA · Joined Nov 2006 · Points: 1,450
Rudy Chavira wrote:

Hey does it feed smooth? Without manually moving it up

Yes, very smooth. I weight the rope at the bottom with a couple water bottles and it feeds great

Rudy Chavira · · Taylorsville. Ut · Joined Sep 2017 · Points: 0

Thanks to all for great info, very helpful, I believe I have chosen set up. Stay safe

Andrew Vinzant · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 452

I use just the one device on one fixed line.


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