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2011-08-20 Augustography

Rock Climbing Gear Part 2

Slings for rock climbing.

Slings for rock climbing.

Next up in the climbing gear series are slings.  While kind of boring compared to some of the other hardwares, slings pay an integral role in the climbers aresenal.  After placing protection such as a nut the climber needs to connect the rope to that protection.  This is done with a sling.  The carabiner on one end clips to the protection and the other end clips to the rope.  These slings are doubled up so they are half their full length.  Having two lengths allows the climber to keep the rope from making sharp turns behind them which create a lot of drag.