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Abseiling off slings? 13-Nov-2006 At 11:53:36 AM EJ
On 13/11/2006 albion wrote:
>Another (related) debate I've had on occasion is whether it's OK to set
>up a top rope which ends in a single sling (and screw-gate) at the end
>- i.e. 3 slings or tripled cordette which meets at a point and then is
>extended over an edge by one sling.

By doing this IMO you've just lost the redundancy gained by using independent anchors or a triple cord etc... It's unlikely that the sling or biner used to extend the system will fail but...... You only connect to your belay device to your harness with 1 screwgate, if your abseiling on a double rope it only takes one side to fail. I think it depends in the context in which you use it, in a top rope situation I'd make it as safe as possible by having multiple redundancies.

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