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Topic - old vs new ways of doing things

Landy_Dom on 21 Mar 2013
I noticed a few things when watching the excellent recent videos of Joe Brown, Don Whillans and Ron Fawcett...

Hardly any gear extended with quickdraws.

Ron pre-clipping a snap gate to the lead rope, then dragging this up to clip into another snap link on the piece of gear.

Common use of snap links clipped to each other to extend gear.

Why do people think this was done / is not generally done any more? Were the great pioneers doing things we now consider poor form, or was it due to limitations of the gear? Is what we accept as normal now better? if so why? might things change again, and what we consider normal now change again?

I found it a source of interest and wonder what the UKC populace think - especially those old enough to have experienced directly the pros and cons of both approaches.


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