/ Alpine route with fixed ropes

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JimboWizbo - on 12 Dec 2012
Returning to cham this year and we're hoping to climb the normal route on Dent du Geant.

The route is lined with fixed ropes which I'm new to, I'm wondering if it's normal practice to use the rope attachments as handy runners for quickdraws (presumably there are lots of big bolts/rings that the ropes run through).

MG - on 12 Dec 2012
In reply to JimboWizbo: Yes. You can also wrap slings round the ropes like giant prussiks if you need to. I believe there is abseil piste that starts from between the two summits. Otherwise you will be abseiling over people coming up, which (believe me) is pain for all involved.
JimboWizbo - on 12 Dec 2012
In reply to MG: Plan is to abseil down the back (3 abseils?)

Putting slings around the ropes sounds like an idea, although if you fell and the sling ran down the rope I guess there would be some risk.

Cheers

Jim
GrahamD - on 12 Dec 2012
In reply to JimboWizbo:

If you fall anywhere in the Alps its a risk !
JimboWizbo - on 12 Dec 2012
In reply to GrahamD: Especially on the way back from the boulangerie in the morning
MG - on 12 Dec 2012
In reply to JimboWizbo:

> Putting slings around the ropes sounds like an idea, although if you fell and the sling ran down the rope I guess there would be some risk.

Yes, but with a snug prussik knot they won't move.
Kid Spatula - on 12 Dec 2012
In reply to JimboWizbo:

Klemheist though surely?
JimboWizbo - on 12 Dec 2012
In reply to JimboWizbo: Good point.

Does anybody else get excited for summer Alps trips this early?
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alasdair19 on 13 Dec 2012
In reply to JimboWizbo: only those not going to Scotland!

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