/ Extending Petzl microcender for solo top rope
Want to do some solo top roping with a Petzl Microcender. Will back up using alpine butterflies and I know I'm not meant to only use the device on its own according to Petzl.
I feel like I want to have the device on an adjustable length of dynamic rope (I will be soloing on a static 10mm rope) meaning the device is always well above me.
I was wondering whether it made sense to have the device on some kind of adjustable lanyard (something like a Petzl Connect Adjust) might help me incase I am in a position where I want to pull some tension back down (as opposed to pushing the device upwards). I suppose pulling on the rope itself would have the same effect?
Does anyone have any thoughts?
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I use a Microcender for top rope soloing and put a bit weight on the bottom of the rope so that the device slides up the rope on its own.
I also weight the rope at the bottom so the device slides up the rope as i move upward.
For solo toproping by far the comfiest system is to suspend your device of choice between a chest harness and your regular harness. I've done this previously using a quickdraw dogbone sling to extend the device from the belay loop up high enough to be clipped into the loops of the chest harness. This works great and keeps the device central so as soon as you load the rope slightly it engages with relatively little dynamism. It also leaves plenty of room to clip your backup device directly to the belay loop.
I found the above position is perfect for working routes for later soloing or bold leads.
Lake District climber Anna Taylor has climbed Disorderly Conduct (E8 6c) at Reecastle. The route was first climbed by Adam Hocking in 1997 and takes a bold, direct line near Daylight Robbery.