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Topic - first clip with double ropes?

argybargy - on 13 Aug 2012
I am using double ropes on ice and trad climbs. I go by the book in that I clip one rope into each piece as I climb, alternating colours.

I have some climbing partners who insist in cliping both ropes into the first piece of protection. They say it reduces the fall load on a single rope in case of a fall. Then after this continue as normal cliping alternate rope colours. I understand that this would reduce the fall factor but should we really be cliping doubles as if they were twins on this first piece?

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