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Post by Chalk » Tue Oct 11, 2005 3:45 pm

I was a-wondering – what length of slings do “most” people use for placing gear on trad climbs. I find that using the standard sport climbing quick draw causes my friends to crawl and passive protection like nuts to wiggle out of good placements with rope drag etc. I recently purchased 10 x 70cm sewn slings and, although this has cancelled out gear moving due to the extra slack, I look like some tribal rock pilgrim dressed in a grass skirt with these slings clipped to my harness! Not to mention the fun of climbing though vegetation!

A sign from the climbing gods would be appreciated.

Post by » Tue Oct 11, 2005 7:47 pm

Hey chalk how you doing...
I use 60cm slings (i got 7) and 120 as well (i got 4) that seems to do it for me. I hang them over my shoulder. The long ones first from left shoulder to right hip. I clip the two ends together with a biner. The 60's from right shoulder to left hip on top of the long ones. When I want a long sling I unclip the end and pull it out from under the short ones. I hope the ones you bought are the thinner 10mm dynema?
Hanging slings from your harness must make chimneys very interesting...


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Post by Q20 » Tue Oct 11, 2005 9:15 pm

Well I use 60cm and 120cm, the same number as Fanta. hmmmm.
Also have a few LONG draws, find those pretty handy.
IMHO 80cm are pretty useless, except for chockstones etc...
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Post by Quick draw » Wed Oct 12, 2005 4:23 pm

If you want to hang quick draws with 60 or 70 cm slings from your harness, then you might find this a good idea:

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