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davidaw


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Hi all, I've been climbing for a while now, and I have experimented with using a regular tubular belay device and figure 8 for belaying, and I was wondering what the thoughts are on using a rappelling ring for belay? It doesn't have a wire to keep it close to the harness, but if you pull hard it locks. What do you guys think about it? Have any of you tried this?
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davidaw wrote:
Hi all, I've been climbing for a while now, and I have experimented with using a regular tubular belay device and figure 8 for belaying, and I was wondering what the thoughts are on using a rappelling ring for belay? It doesn't have a wire to keep it close to the harness, but if you pull hard it locks. What do you guys think about it? Have any of you tried this?
Cheers

Let me answer your question in the form of a question: Would you voluntarily use something that is not meant for belaying (and in fact has a specific, other purpose), for belaying? Also, would you use an aluminum piece of metal that weighs as much as a few paper clips to arrest a fall?


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Please tell me this is a troll. Rap rings are NOT a belay/rappel device. Dear gawd, do NOT try to use them for belaying or rapping. They are made to be as low friction as possible.


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I think you should explain what you mean better.


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sungam wrote:
Please tell me this is a troll. Rap rings are NOT a belay/rappel device. Dear gawd, do NOT try to use them for belaying or rapping. They are made to be as low friction as possible.

If it's not a troll, then I feel a Darwin Award coming on...


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It's a 20 kn piece of gear.. And anyway, I asked because I wanted to hear someone's opinion. I don't specifically know why you would want to use it instead of just using your belay device, but just looking for some thoughts.
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Also, would you use an aluminum piece of metal that weighs as much as a few paper clips to arrest a fall?


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It's just not a sound idea. Unless by "sound" you mean the sound of your climbing partner screaming. Speaking of which, you might want to get input from the person you're actually belaying on what kind of device they think is suitable for the job; that would make everyone happier.


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Which rap ring? I have a steel ring that would hold a truck but I also have an Al rap ring that is so thin and light that I would be scarred to use it for its intended purpose.


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It is only rated for 20 kN along its major axis/axes. If you were to use it like a belay device, the force would be applied differently than it is designed for; therefore, making it significantly weaker.


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Mmm that's interesting. Thanks for the input, guys! And I was not planning on using it for belaying considering that I already have belay devices, the idea of using it occurred to me, so I just wanted to see.. sounds like its no buona.
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It is only rated for 20 kN along its major axis/axes. If you were to use it like a belay device, the force would be applied differently than it is designed for; therefore, making it significantly weaker.


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davidaw wrote:
Mmm that's interesting. Thanks for the input, guys! And I was not planning on using it for belaying considering that I already have belay devices, the idea of using it occurred to me, so I just wanted to see.. sounds like its no buona.
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It is only rated for 20 kN along its major axis/axes. If you were to use it like a belay device, the force would be applied differently than it is designed for; therefore, making it significantly weaker.

Don't top post


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McMonk wrote:
It is only rated for 20 kN along its major axis/axes. If you were to use it like a belay device, the force would be applied differently than it is designed for; therefore, making it significantly weaker.

its a ring, the whole thing would technically be the "major axis"

but. rap rings are not belay devices.

using a rap ring as a belay device would most likely not work at all.


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ablanchard17 wrote:
McMonk wrote:
It is only rated for 20 kN along its major axis/axes. If you were to use it like a belay device, the force would be applied differently than it is designed for; therefore, making it significantly weaker.

its a ring, the whole thing would technically be the "major axis"

but. rap rings are not belay devices.

using a rap ring as a belay device would most likely not work at all.

I realize that which is why I used included the plural form. When a bight of rope is fed through the ring, and a carabiner attached to the bight (apply force here) the rope going through the carabiner puts a sideways force on the ring.


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Yup it works. It's like a stitch plate or using the small end of a fig8.
There may be an issue with the ring diameter and biner size combo but basically it works fine.
That wire on all tubes is to keep it close to the biner. Something the ring lacks and can be a PITA.

A chain link works too as well as many other things.


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rocknice2 wrote:
Yup it works. It's like a stitch plate or using the small end of a fig8.
There may be an issue with the ring diameter and biner size combo but basically it works fine.
That wire on all tubes is to keep it close to the biner. Something the ring lacks and can be a PITA.

A chain link works too as well as many other things.

Yes. This.

That said, using a ring (presuming it's strong enough) is probably not the best idea. Folks moved on from steel chain links and aluminum links like the MSR Belay Link for a reason.

Check out Dr. Gary Storrick's awesome site, and look at item # 603.
http://storrick.cnc.net/...e/BelayDevices.shtml


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I suppose in an emergency it would work fine but I'd still go with a munter hitch first.


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mr_rogers wrote:
Check out Dr. Gary Storrick's awesome site, and look at item # 603.

Correct link:

http://storrick.cnc.net/...Pages/Sticht603.html


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use a munter ...

its tested and true ...


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jt512 wrote:
davidaw wrote:
Mmm that's interesting. Thanks for the input, guys! And I was not planning on using it for belaying considering that I already have belay devices, the idea of using it occurred to me, so I just wanted to see.. sounds like its no buona.
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It is only rated for 20 kN along its major axis/axes. If you were to use it like a belay device, the force would be applied differently than it is designed for; therefore, making it significantly weaker.

Don't top post

The guy's asking about using a rap ring for a belay device, and this is what sticks out to you?

Josh


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davidaw wrote:
I was wondering what the thoughts are on using a rappelling ring for belay? It doesn't have a wire to keep it close to the harness, but if you pull hard it locks. What do you guys think about it? Have any of you tried this?
Cheers


Anyone looking for a partner?


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blueeyedclimber wrote:
jt512 wrote:
davidaw wrote:
Mmm that's interesting. Thanks for the input, guys! And I was not planning on using it for belaying considering that I already have belay devices, the idea of using it occurred to me, so I just wanted to see.. sounds like its no buona.
In reply to:
It is only rated for 20 kN along its major axis/axes. If you were to use it like a belay device, the force would be applied differently than it is designed for; therefore, making it significantly weaker.

Don't top post

The guy's asking about using a rap ring for a belay device, and this is what sticks out to you?

Josh

Yeah. Top posting is musch stupider than using a steel rap ring as a belay device.

Jay


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acorneau wrote:
mr_rogers wrote:
Check out Dr. Gary Storrick's awesome site, and look at item # 603.

Correct link:

http://storrick.cnc.net/...Pages/Sticht603.html

Let's note that the rings shown there are probably not the type we are discussing. My understanding is we are talking about the cheap, light aluminum ones.


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agdavis wrote:
Let's note that the rings shown there are probably not the type we are discussing. My understanding is we are talking about the cheap, light aluminum ones.

True.

The OP stated "It's a 20 kn piece of gear.. " so I'm guessing he's talking about the Omega Pacific rap ring (rated to 20kN) which is easily available at REI.

http://www.rei.com/...-pacific-rappel-ring


The other common rap ring would be the SMC which doesn't even have a rating (that I can find).

http://www.trango.com/...smc-descending-rings


I would find it most plausible that the OP was asking about using the Omega ring as an improvised belay device and not the SMC (or it's like).


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acorneau wrote:
agdavis wrote:
Let's note that the rings shown there are probably not the type we are discussing. My understanding is we are talking about the cheap, light aluminum ones.

True.

The OP stated "It's a 20 kn piece of gear.. " so I'm guessing he's talking about the Omega Pacific rap ring (rated to 20kN) which is easily available at REI.

http://www.rei.com/...-pacific-rappel-ring


The other common rap ring would be the SMC which doesn't even have a rating (that I can find).

http://www.trango.com/...smc-descending-rings


I would find it most plausible that the OP was asking about using the Omega ring as an improvised belay device and not the SMC (or it's like).

14 kN

http://www.smcgear.net/...&category_id=223


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acorneau wrote:
I would find it most plausible that the OP was asking about using the Omega ring as an improvised belay device and not the SMC (or it's like).
If there's extra gear to use other than the OP's primary belay device...shouldn't there be a secondary or tertiary belay device?
http://www.rockclimbing.com/...ost=2562265;#2562265 Sly

I'd stick with a Munter. Sure they put twist in the rope, but it won't destroy a rope using it once.


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