You'll often carry several full-length, 24-inch slings on long rock routes or alpine climbs, to reduce rope drag, wrap around horns for protection or belays, or rig belay anchors. But draping multiple slings over your shoulders is cumbersome. The solution? The alpine draw. Doubling up a sling makes it into a quickdraw that’s versatile to use and easy to rack on your harness gear loops. Here’s how to do it right. First:
With a carabiner on each end of the sling, thread one carabiner through the other. Second:
Clip this carabiner into both strands of the sling to make a quickdraw. Third:
To extend the draw, clip one biner to the piece of protection, unclip the other biner from the quickdraw, and then clip it back to any single strand of the sling. Pull on this biner and— presto!—the sling will extend to full length.