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Topic - Keepers on open slings

jwa - on 16 Jul 2013
I know there has been some discussion of this recently due to unfortunate incidents, but I don't want to go into speculation or anything like that regarding specific accidents.

Is there a considerable benefit to having a keeper on an open slingdraw? Trad Climbing+ recommends it as far as I can recall and some people on these forums don't seem to have a problem with it. But now the BMC and various others are strongly advising against using them for fear of serious consequences. I had recently equipped my slingdraws with Petzl Strings and doing a bit of playing about I'm sure I would notice if the captive carabiner had clipped through the open sling. Is it just not worth the risk? Are there any problems that might arise from having an open sling without a keeper?
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