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Topic - Backrope for the second

Cheese Monkey - on 04 Jul 2014
Ok so I've seen this referred to in several guidebooks now on traverses and wondering if I could get an explanation?

What I assume it means, and the technique I used this morning was-
Reach piece of fixed gear to set up backrope. For a normally seized maillon I would Untie, thread it, re tie in, downclimb (normally a downclimb I guess).

Finish downclimb, resume placing gear etc as normal and finish pitch.

Second reaches downclimb, leaves fixed gear threaded, completes downclimb with rope above them, unties, pulls rope down, reties, carries on.

Does this sound right? Obviously makes most sense with two ropes.

Anyway, we pulled it off this morning and it was a neat little trick for protecting the second on a downclimb.
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