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What happened to double ropes? 28-Jun-2018 At 7:48:06 AM simey
Good discussion Mikl. A friend of mine just got back from the UK and she said that double ropes are still in common usage there (as well as belaying the second directly from your harness).

I think you are probably spot on with your comments about single ropes putting greater loads on protection. I reckon doubles might also minimise the chance of wires being flicked out due to being pulled at severe angles in a fall. I recall how it was common years ago to use two linked karabiners to clip to a wire (as opposed to using a quickdraw). That idea seems very unappealing now, but I don't recall too many wires being yanked out during leader falls. I suspect because double ropes had some effect on things.

I'm certainly a fan of doubles when chossaneering on some big cliff somewhere.

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