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Todd Skinner - Dies on Leaning Tower Yosemite 2-Nov-2006 At 5:31:58 PM The Keeper
Hmm, a leg loop coming undone?! What was he thinking/doing? I never undo mine ever - and my pre-climb safety checks ensure they are doubled back.

There has been some discussion of the holding effectiveness of a prussick - that it is not 100% guaranteed - I wonder if there are some drop tests comparing two, three or four wraps around the rope - the idea being that less wraps equal less friction(stopping power) and more wraps increasing friction etc. 2 wraps always strikes me as being extremely dubious and I do three minumum.New versus worn rope and prussick cord also a factor. Hmm, wet ropes - can't say I have tried that one - so far my experience has been dry - wet would probably lead me to an above device prussick - I do like the notion you mention of an extra back-up against rapping off the end of a rope - I can think of better ways to make a departure from this life.

The idea of using some webbing around the waist for a chalk bag hang versus the usual non-load bearing stuff most people use - sounds to me like a really good idea against any possible harness failure - probably would put a serious kink in the body but at least you would be alive!

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