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Cds26


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So, I know that two screws are often used at multi pitch belay anchors, but could you just use a single abalakov? or a single abalakov plus a screw? or two abalakovs? I know they are normally used for rappeling, but could they work as a belay station in these scenarios. This would allow you to have more screws to lead the pitch, rather than using 4 screws to build 2 belay anchors, you use 1-2. Thoughts? Experiences? Help appreciated


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Cds26 wrote:
So, I know that two screws are often used at multi pitch belay anchors, but could you just use a single abalakov? or a single abalakov plus a screw? or two abalakovs? I know they are normally used for rappeling, but could they work as a belay station in these scenarios. This would allow you to have more screws to lead the pitch, rather than using 4 screws to build 2 belay anchors, you use 1-2. Thoughts? Experiences? Help appreciated
It would also take longer to construct each belay.


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Cds26 wrote:
So, I know that two screws are often used at multi pitch belay anchors, but could you just use a single abalakov? or a single abalakov plus a screw? or two abalakovs? I know they are normally used for rappeling, but could they work as a belay station in these scenarios. This would allow you to have more screws to lead the pitch, rather than using 4 screws to build 2 belay anchors, you use 1-2. Thoughts? Experiences? Help appreciated

Single Abalakov - no.

Two Abalakovs OR One Abalakov and One Screw - yes.


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njrox wrote:
Cds26 wrote:
So, I know that two screws are often used at multi pitch belay anchors, but could you just use a single abalakov? or a single abalakov plus a screw? or two abalakovs? I know they are normally used for rappeling, but could they work as a belay station in these scenarios. This would allow you to have more screws to lead the pitch, rather than using 4 screws to build 2 belay anchors, you use 1-2. Thoughts? Experiences? Help appreciated

Single Abalakov - no.

Two Abalakovs OR One Abalakov and One Screw - yes.
A good post from Will Gadd about this:
http://willgadd.com/...ti-pitch-ice-routes/


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dr_feelgood wrote:
A good post from Will Gadd about this:
http://willgadd.com/...ti-pitch-ice-routes/

There's lots of good stuff in that article for sure, but when I'm leading ice I don't want my belayer to be drilling and tying a thread -- I want him to be focused entirely on me. I also don't like the idea of belaying a leader on ice with an autolocking device.


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Very helpful Thanx for all of the good responses!


qwert


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A while ago i translated some tests by the german alpine club:
http://www.rockclimbing.com/...rum.cgi?post=2065443
They also have some data on V-threads, however it is in glacier ice, so its not 100% applicable to waterfall ice.

But the most severe problem would be the time needed. However if - for whatever reason (run out of screws and have to make it to the top?) - you absolutely need to belay from a V-thread, it probably could be safely done, though i would not really advice it.

qwert


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