/ Views on the best shunt type device to use if climbing alone
My preference for days when I can't get a partner is to go bouldering.
But if you have to shunt. Then this document from Petzl explains the pros and cons.
The actual Shunt is the worst device for self-belay top roping.
Use a Petzl Basic with a simple chest harness (even a bungee will do just to keep it upright) or Petzl Croll/Ascension will do the same trick.
Make sure you choose a device that uses the same principle as the above and you won't have to use your hands to drag the device up the rope. Always a good idea to carry an abseiling device with you, in case you have to retreat, and coil up the rope and hang it on the bottom of your line for a little added weight to keep the running of your Basic smooth.
Unfortunately people use shunt because they don't know better. It's one of the great climbing miths.
If you need any more help email me on email@example.com
Just follow the petzl page.
I have a basic and microtrax, both work quite well.
> The actual Shunt is the worst device for self-belay top roping.
> Use a Petzl Basic with a simple chest harness (even a bungee will do just to keep it upright) or Petzl Croll/Ascension will do the same trick.
this. also, the new croll is about half the size of the previous model so you get to by new gear!!
Once in a rush I just used a micro and managed to get my shirt stuck in the cam, people have had their minitrax accidently lock open. Two devices be a good idea and easy enough.
The teeth don't trash the rope. I've managed to do very trivial cosmetic sheath damage via poorly operating the toothed cam (trying to get it off in a clumsy fashion when slightly weighted), but falling - none that I've observed.
Wouldn't worry about the falling with toothed ascender damage, in my opinion its just a huge myth.
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