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kjwashson


Oct 24, 2012, 8:19 PM

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Belaying 2nd from ground level built anchor
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Where I'm at we're mostly climbing single pitch trad that tops out flat. Usually this means that you're building an anchor at ground level to bring up the second, as opposed to building it on the wall in front of you with masterpoint at chest height.

Normally I belay the 2nd with the munter off the anchor because it's simple, and you can easily lower if needed. Also the Cinch and similar devices are not made for this configuration - horizontal and near the ground where their operation could be blocked (well at least ATC Guide /reverso need to be vertical).

There are times though were it would be nice to use an autolocking device, when the 2nd might be hang dogging, or is a lot heavier than me etc

Can anyone suggest some good methods to do this when the anchor is built at ground level? I've contemplated just connecting myself snug in front of the anchor and belaying seated from a Cinch on my harness, but to me this still has the same issue, the device could get blocked.

thanks for your suggestions


(This post was edited by kjwashson on Oct 24, 2012, 8:25 PM)



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