/ mini screwgates for leashes
Has anyone got any idea where you can get mini screwgates from, or any other clever tips for connecting leashes to axes?
You can get carbine hooks (captive eye or plain) from a chandlers - they work well
Camp nanos are full strength mini crabs, you want full strength really with any climbing gear. They work well for me
maillions if load bearing (do 'em up with a spanner :-) ) or tape up the gates of snap-krabs?
Petzl attache krabs? (from memory, might not be that small)
Outside of winter I've now used my Grivel mini-screwgates for loads of other things like attaching my guidebook holder to my harness and found them so useful that I could really do with a couple more of them.
However, I really wasn't completely convinced about their use with my axes so I've got some 3.5mm stainless steel maillons to try out for the coming season. My thinking was that since the connector will only need to be closed and opened once per day, a maillon could work. I'm going to give it a go and see how it works.
very handy post!
I debated maillons but I like the convenience of being able to undo snapgates in the event of tangling my leashes round the rope, my leg, neck, poons etc.
I use some old wild country snapgate biners on mine.
Yes, full strength climbing crabs are the way IMO. The thing is I've found is that axes need to be clipped and unclipped many times during a climb. The top outs in gullies are often snow plods where the axes are used to plunge so you'll not want your springer clipped into the spike end so a quick and easy unclip is needed. Axes can be easily detatched so you can use the axe as protection - buried axes at a belay for example. I've also found that when arriving at a belay the easiest way to go about organising things is to unclip both axes and get them out of your way and clip the 2 ends of the springer together and pop them over your head out of the way. Screwgates or mailons will just complicate things but I see that some people find them to work for them.
I agree with Blanchie
Not very helpful but grivel changed the biners you got with the leashes a couple of years ago from snapgates to screwgates a bad move IMHO.
For a punter like me I would not be a fan of the screwgate option as I like to change to plunging on easier ground.
DMM phantoms could be a good shout?
> I agree with Blanchie
> Not very helpful but grivel changed the biners you got with the leashes a couple of years ago from snapgates to screwgates a bad move IMHO.
> For a punter like me I would not be a fan of the screwgate option as I like to change to plunging on easier ground.
you don't have to do up the screws.
These are for sale usually beside the axes and other accessories in decent shops.
I know they are for sure in Cairngorm Mountain Sports in Aviemore.
Cairngorm Mountain Sports
111 Grampian Road
Highland PH22 1RH
Tel 01479 810 903
Fax 01479 810 971
I use Black Diamond Microns. They seem to be quite strong and the size is good for axes.
I was thinking exactly the same while reading this thread
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