/ Aramid cord slings Dolomites
Typically pitons in the Dolomites are either a)already threaded with a bundle of rotting cord or pieces of wire b)only half way in (or out depending on your fear level). Threading them with doubled Kevlar will probably be a pain and 6 or 8mm Dyneema easier.
Kevlar slings are popular in Italy for threading the brutally sharp solution holes on gets on a lot of the limestone as they have better cut resistance, in a lot of the guide books they are specifically mentioned.
Thanks for the replies, I`ll get a couple but not for the purpose I visualized, for that I`ll stick with skinny dyneema.
I think the main reason for them being recommended is actually becuase the aramid cord is really stiff, so can be threaded more easily into the recessed pocket threads you seem to get on the water worn stuff out there. After doing the Messner Route and not being able to place much conventional gear on it at all, I remember thinking that stiff cord and some Tricams would have come in pretty useful. Mind you, it probably wouldn't have been so memorable a route then!
Similar experiences here. We just took plenty of thin slings and didn't feel too disadvantaged, but the locals all use cord. K2 in Cortina will happily sell you lots of it.
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