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Topic - Clipping directly into an anchor with sling attached to harness

Chris Sansum - on 07 Jan 2013
A few partners I have climbed with on multi-pitch routes seem to as standard attach themselves directly to the belay anchor with a sling, ie clipping the sling into their harness belay loop with a krab without using the rope in the system. This doesn't seem like best practice to me.

If I rig up an anchor using slings I always attach myself to the slings using the rope, rather than clipping the sling into my harness belay loop. My understanding is that this reduces shock-loading of the system.

Am I being over cautious? I realise that the rope knots (on harness and the one attached to the sling) tightening up reduce some of the force in the event of a fall. Why else would tying into the sling with the rope reduce the force on the anchor compared to clipping into the sling directly?
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