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Topic - Crevasse Rescue: Micro Traxion v. Kong Duck v. Ropeman

Oceanic - on 11 Jun 2012
I'm looking to buy a device to use as a clutch for crevasse rescue. So far my thoughts have gone like this...

Petzl Micro Traxion: Too expensive.

Petzl Mini Traxion: Too heavy.

Kong Duck: Maybe the best bet at the moment. Possibly too much friction? Also quite rare so difficult to have a look at one before buying.

WC Ropeman 2: Seems appealing, but I'm concerned about the 1.5 kn axle strength. Is this a real problem or a hypothetical one? I guess i could back it up with a quickdraw clipped around the live rope and attached to the anchor?

WC Ropeman 3: Might be the answer. Has anyone tried using one 'Kong Duck' style? i.e. with the dead rope running around the sheave which covers the karabiner, so that it passes through the attachment karabiner before running back towards the crevasse.
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