...Tried the new Petzl Stop...
Bit of a long shot for a UK forum, but does anyone have any experience with the above descender?
Tried the new Petzl Stop, absolutely hate it.
Final point to remember with a rack is that due to the large attachment hole, it is quite easy to accidentally cross load it across the gate of whatever you've attached it with. This tends to happen if you feed some slack through to pass a squeeze, then put your weight back onto it in an awkward position. This could and would easily break a carabiner, sending you to your death, so please make sure to use a large maillon which can be safely loaded in any direction. It's a bit more faff, but it's an easy way to reduce your risk of an untimely demise.
there's one thing that's puzzled me for ages, which Pete mentioned earlier - why can't a rack be bottom-loading like a bobbin descender?
Actually I'm one of those bastards guilty of rigging too tight for racks, when changing the permanent rigging around the Vortex pitches in Peak Alastair gave me an earful for this - so I dutifully changed it. Might get better at this in the future
The ropes to the dig are kept as clean as feasible, e.g. I have a bucket of water and brush at the bottom to wash off the vast majority of mud & grit before going up. I suspect one of the worst abrasives is actually the aluminium oxide straight off the descender. No matter the rate of wear, in the long term spare parts for the old style Stop will run out.
I've been using a Kong Banana with custom stainless bobbins [...]
There is only one single thing I dislike: Found I couldn't really pull rope through it, when using a Stop I like to get rid of any slack at rebelays, but that's just personal preference.
If you don't like the Stop then the answer is simply to make your own.
I wouldn't bloody like to bore round stock on the lathe, I hear it work hardens like an absolute bugger.
Well, I thought 'aerospace' was clearer in this context than '6061-T6'. It all arrived adorned with bar coded sticky labels in 2ft lengths. Sorry to disappoint, but there were no mixs-ups in the warehouse.
Incidentally, I'm not aware of any commercial rack designs that use only a single metal.
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