/ Wanted: , vf kit
Any vf kits out there for sale ? Cheers
If you can't find one second hand have a look at decathlon. They have a simond kit for £40. I've just bought one. It seems well made if a bit heavy but I've never used one before so I don't know if that's normal.
They generally are quite heavy as with a potential factor 5+ fall to deal with they need to be strong and the krabs need to be able to deal with loading in all directions e.g. side loading. What you tend to pay for in pricier kits is krabs designed for easier release and features like rotating joins between the screamer and the lanyards so it doesn't get twisted.
The simond ones are fine, but the grab lock type krabs are a bit easier to use. Have a look at Screwfix for fingerless gloves.
I have a mammut set-up. Don’t think it’s ever been used. My brother bought it wanting to do a trip, but never went. Pm me for pics?
So I wondered why I couldn’t find any similar sets to mine currently on sale and...they aren’t safe! Apparently after a fatality, various brands had recalls on sets. My Mammut Y setup is listed in this recall video which might be worth watching if you’re looking at second hand sets. I’m going to send mine back to mammut so am not offering it for sale any more, sorry.
ps video does have subtitles!
No worries, thanks for the heads up !
There was also a recall on a load of petzl VF sets a while back, good to check these out of anyone gets offered one second hand.
I was wondering if I should have some gloves, I'll have a look.
I was also wondering when else we should be packing, I've heard people talking about carrying a short length of dynamic rope. Any useful tips or any suggestions for VF routes around the Triglav area of Slovenia?
Helmet, harness, fingerless gloves good shoes, waterproofs , I only did grade 4 in the dolomites last time and when it got tricky I just hauled on the wire
Rope (and a belay device each) is handy if you have lots of downclimbing, or a weaker climbing partner as you can top rope them up tricky bits. We have 20m half rope but rarely use it as you move much slower once you rope up, which kind of kills the appeal of doing VF.
Don't waste your pennies expensive VF gloves. Well fitting builders gloves are absolutely fine, a fraction of the cost and no more durable. Some people swear by gloves and others never use them, they are handy if cable hauling or climbing on ladders but far from essential.
I do have an old knackered half rope that's been chopped down but I think it is probably beyond use.
Builders gloves are a good idea if I can find any in small size. Everything I've seen locally have been large size only and I've no time to buy online I don't think.
Try gardening gloves - more likely to be available of the shelf in small sizes.
MTB gloves will do at a pinch, a sling and krabs to clip in for a rest if needed on steep sections or unbraced wire bridges, water and snacks on long routes, sun protection.
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