Good thinking Dane, I attach mine through cord anyway and your thoughts had crossed my mind too. On good ice, I don't use them, on mixed ground I am beginning to find umbilicals irritating with all the tangles around the rope, gear etc. Friends have had some success using a chest attachment point (8ft sling over shoulder, larks foot to harness, oh knot at sternum for attachment, oh knot under arm to take in slack).
My other worry with umbilicals is falling; fall on the wrong placement and the umbilical catapults your shiny sharp pride and joy towards your soft bits, ouch!
Do you guys generally use umbilicals in Britian?
in my experience, very mixed some do, some leashes some use nought.
Don't know about the stars, sort of presume they use nothing from photos
have you thought/tried swaged wire loops instead of cord for strength and unclipability?
toying with the idea of trying it as i find the knots a bit clunky (not that bad)
Don't on ice but on hard mixed and long (really don't want to lose an axe) routes I do. On mixed routes they are a completed pain in the a**se with tangles etc - spinner leashes would make no difference at all. Plenty of times been mid crux and unclipping umbilicals to untangle them! Might bump into you on the Ginat in a couple of weeks and we can compare umbilicals!
"Might bump into you on the Ginat in a couple of weeks and we can compare umbilicals!"
That would be fun. Just got pictures of it this morning from yesterday. Neve top to bottom at the moment!
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