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Common Courtesy at Indoor Gyms 4-May-2006 At 11:46:33 AM sticky
On 4/05/2006 tnd wrote:
>On 4/05/2006 Dalai wrote:

I reckon the Fig 8 belongs in a museum
>these days (or on Slovakian crags...).

Bit off topic here, but what the hell -

The one use for a fig-8 I've heard is from a certified member of the chin-tugging brigade who informs me that when your rope is iced up beyond belief and won't fit through your belay device, a fig-8 does the job just nicely. Turns a potential epic into a happy day of mountaineering.

Having never experienced iced-up ropes, I was wondering what others thoughts are. Any alternatives? Not a fan of an 8, wouldn't want to take it into the mountains or anywhere else if I could avoid it.


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