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By wivanoff
Jan 23, 2013
High Exposure
Sirius wrote:
Also, look at the image at 1:10 in Doze's video and you'll see two long tails dangling from the knot in his cordalette. That's awful. Sources of info like that aren't doing anybody any favors.


That's pretty much how I've tied on my Gibbs Ascender for the last 30 years when TR soloing. What he shows is nothing more than a flat overhand knot (EDK). Do you think that long tails are bad in this application but good when tying two ropes together for rappelling?

The cord passes through the ascender and harness at least 3 times. Each strand can only see 1/3 of the load. I use 7mm cord and the tails are usually about 6" long. I just tuck the tails under my harness.

I like this method better because no carabiner and no crossloading.

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By Brasky
Jan 23, 2013
mike its not that complicated it just takes alittle foresight, The sling allows some room inbetween you and the micro trax which allows you to put on a belay device right below the trax. Before you clip the repel device to you, you stand up on a foot prussik which locks the repel device so that when you clip into it you can take off the micro trax hands free. Then when you are finally ready to rap down you can just clip the prussik to your belay loop as a back up to your rapel. It kinda allows for you to have reduncy at all times with minimal equipment. Ill see if I can get a picture togather. THe debate about exactly how to use the device i feel is the wrong conversation to have. THere are bigger things to worry about. If there is a route with a roof your weighted strand could sit on the lip and cause rope damage. If the rout wanders alot it could cause problems, i feel like a supplement thread should talk about which routes would be acceptable to climb on a top rope solo set up. Or i could be talking just to hear the sound of my keyboard clicking away

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By Unassigned User
Jan 25, 2013
Michael Urban wrote:
Sounds complicated Brasky! Maybe it's just ME! Most times I need to SEE things rigged to 'get it!' LOL.


yeah I think pics would be a great help!

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By Unassigned User
Jan 25, 2013
I saw a video of a climber using the Mini-Traxion tied with power cord thru his belay loop/harness versus a locking carabiner. States that it would be less subject to 'torquing' and twisting in a fall - hence less chance of the Traxion's side plates popping apart, bending, etc.

What does everyone think of this? Necessary or not? I'm not sure I like the idea of power cord versus a strong locking 'biner - tho I know power cord CAN be really strong, but knotted - not rated what a 'biner is per se - even tho a 'biner can fail as well.

Thoughts?

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By Brasky
Jan 31, 2013
my only concern would be slack in the cord your using to attach to your harbess 6 inches between you and the device could mean a 6inch fall that might chew up the rope.

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By wivanoff
Feb 1, 2013
High Exposure
Brasky wrote:
my only concern would be slack in the cord your using to attach to your harbess 6 inches between you and the device could mean a 6inch fall that might chew up the rope.


Why would it be even 6" of slack? You would tie it so that it's close to your harness - less than the length of a carabiner. That's what I do.

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By Brian Hudson
From Lenoir, NC
Feb 1, 2013
Valor Over Discretion (5.8), RRG
How about the new mechanized prusik? the Petzl Zigzag.


Petzl Zigzag
Petzl Zigzag

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By waxisgood
From Milwaukee, WI
Feb 1, 2013
Cold day at owens rock
Most prusiks in treework are not meant to be used on a single line and are not rated for that. They are meant to be used on a double rope system where they are only experiencing half the load (body weight). I've looked at this device at trade shows and I assume that is also how it is intended and tested to be used.

Stewart
ISA Certified Arborist

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By Brian Hudson
From Lenoir, NC
Feb 1, 2013
Valor Over Discretion (5.8), RRG
Good point. Looks like the tech specs say it also has a working load of 140kg. I just found it intriguing from a gadget geek standpoint.

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By Brasky
Feb 1, 2013
Im just trying to think of ways things could go wrong i actually like the idea of using the cord instead of a biner. 1 other thing i thought of though is it could get caught up in the cam a tail of the knot or somthin might get sucked up inot the device then you have to do a load tranfserto get unstuck. might be somthing worth thinking about

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By waxisgood
From Milwaukee, WI
Feb 1, 2013
Cold day at owens rock
Those zig-zags are incredibly smooth though. But definitely would not be good for even the slightest bit of dynamic loading.

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By wivanoff
Feb 1, 2013
High Exposure
Brasky wrote:
Im just trying to think of ways things could go wrong i actually like the idea of using the cord instead of a biner. 1 other thing i thought of though is it could get caught up in the cam a tail of the knot or somthin might get sucked up inot the device then you have to do a load tranfserto get unstuck. might be somthing worth thinking about


Maybe. Hasn't happened to me yet in over 30 years and hundreds of falls. But, I use an old Gibbs Ascender (similar to a Shunt) and it may not be so prone to getting anything caught in the cam. If it did happen I think I could just stand in a loop of the rope and unweight the ascender. I sometimes do that to get back up to an overhang.

One thing you might think about is how difficult it would be to disconnect if you need to. Say, to make a transition to rappelling. For me, I leave the cam tied to my harness and just have to pull the quick disconnect pin on the Gibbs to release if off the rope.

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By bearbreeder
Feb 1, 2013
if youre worried just used one of those DMM belay massters for your attachment

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By Unassigned User
Mar 3, 2013
Can anyone point me to the thread on here that I saw ocne of modifying the GriGri by drilling a small hole in the housing for a small power cord to be used as a 'keeper cord?' I know I posted ;ics of this long agao too (Summer 2012) but can't find it now for the life of me! ??

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By Unassigned User
Mar 3, 2013
I have deep concerns about the Mini-Traxion ruining my ropes and as-such am going to sell my brand new Traxion on here and just use my GriGri2. While it might be more of a PITA to have to keep pulling the rope thru it every so-many feet I'd much rather do that that F**k up my expensive ropes!

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By Jim Titt
From Germany
Mar 3, 2013
Hereīs a better way to drill it. Use an 1/8" drill and drill from both sides until the holes join up. You are aiming for the outer side of the pivot pin which is about 6mm in diameter. If you use a keyring it canīt get anywhere in the mechanism to jam something up but will rip open if its overloaded.
GriGri Ring
GriGri Ring


Use a rubber band/draw retainer (mine is a Petzl String I think) or whatever to keep the Grigri from moving and cross-loading the karabiner. File a groove in the rear flap to allow the rope to feed better, smooth please!

GriGri Retainer
GriGri Retainer

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By harpo-the-climber
Mar 3, 2013
Why does Petzl reccomend extending the secondary belay acsender on the 17cm sling?

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By teece303
From Highlands Ranch, CO
Mar 4, 2013
Aiding.
doze wrote:
Locking mechanism on microtrax makes me uncomfortable. It looks like it may be easy to dis-engage by accident while being pressed against your body. Maybe just paranoia, but I would keep an eye on it. Also a number of very experienced people have forgotten to engage the device before starting to climb. You could mod minitrax by cutting off the lock with a jigsaw. Doesn't look like you can do it with microtrax.


FWIW, the Micro Traxion locks open via a little tang on the toothed arm. So you depress the button and push the toothed arm up, and the tang locks into a slot up there. If you wanted to disable simple pulley mode, you might be able to carefully file off that tang. Then it could not be locked open.

I spent yesterday using my two Micro Traxions for the first time as TR solo tools. They are easier than I would like to lock open (but still require two fingers: you must cam the armature out, AND depress the lock button), but they also look and feel really different when locked open (the teeth are sticking out and they are super smooth on the rope in both directions). I think it's only a real problem at the beginning of the climb, and then you just have to make it a part of your safety checklist.

I had two of them, each on a separate line, one rigged to a chest harness. They were REALLY smooth sliding up the rope, and quick to lock. Nice.

I think there is a safety factor of the Micro Traxions that it is easy to overlook: they slide up the rope SO nicely, that they are nice and tight on the lines with little climber thought. That rocks and makes them safer than some other choices, perhaps (but I am worried about how they will treat my rope if I use them all the time).

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By Unassigned User
Mar 5, 2013
That's why i am selling MY brand new Traxion perhaps to someone who wants one for hauling.

I don't wanna drop tons of money on my ropes (2) and risk ruining them while roped soloing using it. Might never happens but I'm not will to take that chance! I'll stick with my GriGri 2 and a knotted back up system instead tho much slower and less efficient than 'free running' devices on the rope instead.

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By wivanoff
Mar 5, 2013
High Exposure
harpo-the-climber wrote:
Why does Petzl reccomend extending the secondary belay acsender on the 17cm sling?


Petzl explains that in the "notes" section:

"The quickdraw helps avoid collisions between the devices, but should not interfere with comfort: adjust its length so the strap does not pull on the neck during a rest or fall"

"The two ascenders must not be connected to the same point on the harness: they can collide and be damaged during a fall"

So the 17cm sling separates the two ascenders. You'll notice that Petzl shows an additional neck sling to keep the second ascender in the proper position relative to the climber. Using an extension sling without the neck sling would allow the climber's connection point to mover above the ascender. Then, in a fall, the climber would free fall 2x length of the sling before loading the ascender. Much more chance of chewing up the rope, IMO.

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By Locker
From Yucca Valley, CA
Mar 5, 2013
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Again it's simple.

If you're worried about fucking up your main lead line, just use a dedicated "Piece of shit" rope when TR soloing with a Mini/Micro Traxion.

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By Will S
From Joshua Tree
Mar 5, 2013
You guys are nuts and paranoid. Ropes wear out, shoes wear out. It's consumable gear, USE it.

Like Locker said, your trax rope should be your last retired lead line or general cheap beater cord. So who cares if it takes abuse? Besides, wear on the rope isn't even an issue in the first place if you keep it rigged taut with a bandolier or chest harness.

After having put probably 500 minitrax pitches on the rope I just retired (after using that rope as a lead line for a couple years, I TR'd and traxed on it for several more years), that rope shows basically ZERO extra wear from the traxions. Don't let a bunch of slack develop and then fall on it, and you'll have no issues.

TR soloing with a grigri? Pretty sub-optimal unless you are working a specific short section(s) that you want to climb or attempt over and over with some lowering after each effort.

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By Locker
From Yucca Valley, CA
Mar 5, 2013
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"I TR'd and traxed on it for several more years), that rope shows basically ZERO extra wear from the traxions. Don't let a bunch of slack develop and then fall on it, and you'll have no issues."...


Ditto!

Those here crying about rope damage probably don't have much of a clue. If they did, they'd probably agree with what you wrote above.

I've personally done 100's and 100's of TR solo's on the same rope via a Mini Traxion, taken quite a few whippers, and ZERO noticeable rope damage (talking YEARS using the SAME rope).


"Yer GONNA die!!!"...

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By Unassigned User
Mar 5, 2013
OK Locker!
Thanks!

I'd much rather use the Traxion b/c it's free sliding!

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By Peter Stokes
From Them Thar Hills
Mar 5, 2013
Wall Street, Moab, UT
I've done many hundreds of TR solo pitches using Petzl devices with very little rope damage, and the key is not to get a lot of slack in the line above you (which is avoided by weighting the rope below you so it passes through the device easily). One thing I'll say, though, is I've found the Basic (ascender) better than the Mini-Trax for getting on and off the rope easily, not attaching incorrectly (upside down), and not dropping (has an extra hole for a leash/biner).

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