/ Via Ferrata Lanyards vs Dynamic Rope
I understand that a sling can't take dynamic falls so the use of VF lanyard over that is clear. But why can't two short lengths of dynamic rope with a figure of eight for the screwgate at either end be used? Seeing as a VF lanyard (I believe) has to be chucked if you've taken a fall on it?
If you fall when on a Via Ferrata you will likely fall several meters. Given the lanyard is only 1m long this makes for a very high fall factor potentially >> 2.
In normal use the highest fall factor you can generate on a climbing rope is 2 (falling past the belay on a multipitch route) and this is what it is designed for.
I did a cracking Via Ferrata near Sisteron last month and to be honest I'd prefer the correct gear if I was doing it often. The gear we all had all had screamers on.
> If you fall when on a Via Ferrata you will likely fall several meters. Given the lanyard is only 1m long...
This confused me at first but I'm assuming because you can be going up ladders and so the carabiner will slide down to the next bolt before it catches you. Makes sense now, thanks guys!
It is absolutely not something I would have wanted to happen without a proper rig so I'd strongly advise people not to just use rope or worse slings.
I have the Lanyards with rope through what looks like a mini figure 8 descender. The fall is absorbed by the rope moving through this descender, it is a tight fit so I can see how it works, reducing the impact. This type doesnt have to be binned after a fall, which is one of the main reasons I brought it. Oh and it isnt subject to safety recalls like the sewn ones are now.
I also thought slings or similar would be good enough, but brought the correct kit anyway. After a few fun routes in the Dolomites last summer and more planned for this summer I am really glad I paid for the right kit, not a place to be taking unnecessary chances.
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