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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] A great little safety device
From: Bill Turner <>
Date: Fri, 01 Jun 2007 00:54:05 -0700
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On Thu, 31 May 2007 14:50:13 -0700, Terry <> wrote:

>Just a word of advise on the use of ascenders like these.
>As far as I know these are all designed to be used with kernmantle type 
>climbing ropes.
>These are ropes made with a core (kern) covered by a woven sheath.  I 
>don't know how well they work with laid rope.
>73 de Terry KK6T

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Wild Country, the manufacturer of the Ropeman does not specify a
particular type of rope, only the rope's diameter. I have seen some
hollow core polyester ropes which I would not use for this because
they compress too much, but I think any nylon or dacron rope with a
tight weave would be fine. In my case, I'm using a nylon braided rope,
but I think a three-strand type would be ok too.

I'm using this only on the positioning lanyard, not fall arrest. I
have a separate dual lanyard for fall arrest which does not have a cam
or any moving parts other than the safety latch on the hook itself. 

I tend to be a little paranoid about these things, and I would not use
the Ropeman for fall arrest, although the rock climbers apparently use
it for their main belay all the time. It probably is perfectly safe
for fall arrest, I just feel more comfortable using fall arrest
lanyards with no moving parts. 

Bill W6WRT

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