Monday, May 18, 2009

Rope Soloing instruction of the week: Tethers

Often when free climbing I use a dedicated runner to attach myself to the anchor at the belays so that the entire rope can be used for belaying and I do not have to attach myself to the anchor with a clove hitch on the lead rope. Rope soloing does, in general, not twist the rope as much as typical pitched climbing with ATCs or other belay plates so the need for a separate tether (runner, daisy chain) to the anchor so that you can untie and get the twists out (like on long routes) is not necessary. Rope soloing is heavy and awkward enough that any mess on the front of your harness you can safely avoid is worth avoiding. 

Recap: At the anchors clove hitch yourself to the anchor instead of a tether.

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