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WTB Silent Partner 30-Jul-2013 At 4:40:01 PM Paul
On 30/07/2013 Cliff wrote:
>On 30/07/2013 Paul wrote:
>I was hoping you'd give a little up about your experience w the SP. I
>used a Soloist for a few seasons, and hated so many things about it...
>Choice of routes was a limiting factor, as you need a bomber base anchor...
>roofs were a real drag, the action of the rope through the device, I could
>never get a good chest harness rigged that was suitable, downclimbing was
>terrible w it (important to soloing), and I never got the feeling I was
>after w soloing (unrestricted quick movement), it was always a plod, and
>I hated the need to abseil and clean every pitch.
>But I think the biggest drawback, is that you miss out on the best part
>of climbing... chillin out and sharing the day's shared epics spent with
>your mates.

Using the silent partner I found that the rope feeds very well with little resistance, after you pass the half way point on your rope there can be a tendency for the rope to self frrd if you don't take precortions. The locking action of the device has a solid feel to it. Apart from the obivious downsides to soloing the biggest problem is that the non ancored end of the rope tends to catch on stuff in chosy terain and low angle slabs, especially your backuyp loops. The bulk of the device can be anoying when you are trying to get close to the wall. Your backup knotts can be a hastle to undo if you manage to confuse yourself. A 20 cm sewn loop sling girth hitched onto your harness can creat more space and less tangles for clipping your backup knotts.

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