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Topic - Double rope technique with half ropes

ScaredOheights - on 03 Jan 2013
Quick question for people more knowledgeable in gear then I am!

For years now I have been climbing trad with a pair of 8-9mm half ropes. I was always taught that when using half ropes on a route, you could clip in to a runner with only one rope if said runner is off the line of the route in order to prevent zig zagging of the ropes.

I have recently bought "The mountain skills handbook" which states that climbing on half ropes should only be done if you clip BOTH ropes into each runner.

My question is this; have I been extremely lucky for the past 7 years climbing using a dangerous technique on ropes that wouldn't hold my fall or does this advice refere to "super lightweigh" half ropes and not beefy 9mm buggers?

Any advice on this matter would be great as I'm a little confused now!
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