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Topic - Slings and spikes

Stuart William - on 18 Sep 2012
Just wondering, I've always assumed that the best practice when putting a sling over a thin spike to use as a runner (particularly in places like Avon where there are old iron spikes to be slung) is to use a clove hitch to stop it from lifting off when you climb past it. However, does anyone know what the risk is of a dyneema sling melting through itself if you fell on it when using a clove hitch?

Obviously I am talking about falling with a dynamic rope in the system when using the sling as a runner, not falling directly onto the sling.

Cheers, Stu.
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