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Topic - Belaying with joined ropes?

jsmcfarland - on 14 Aug 2013
Hi there,

I have 2x ropes, one 50m and one 30m. Say I would like to do a climb over 25 meters, is there any way to belay (safely!) with them joined? For the record I have a Gri-Gri and a ATC type device also. I was wondering at the feasibility of my partner leading up with the 50m (with 30m attached at end) and when belaying him, Locking the gri-gri off above the knot, and then attach the ATC just below the knot, unclip my gri-gri and take the weight on the ATC and continue lowering off as before.

To my untrained eye this does seem stretching it a bit but I'm not all that confident at abseiling 30m

Hope somebody can point an easy way out of my dilemma (no trolls!)
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