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Climbing Equipment Slings CLIMBING - EQUIPMENT - Slings


Climbing SlingsSlings are lengths of strong nylon webbing that are sewn into slings and constructed in a flat or tubular webbing weave which do away with bulky and less secure knots. They can be found in widths between 10mm to 25mm. Flat slings is normal available in two [2] thickness standard and super.

The standard sewn sling is 120cm [4ft] long and the longest being 240cm [8ft] which is very useful for belays and can be used double.

Slings have many uses from placing around small rock pinnacles or spikes, threading through chockstones or holes and extending protection devices. Tape slings are also available for quick draws.

Tapes knots have reputation for working loose, even when done correctly and should be always checked frequently and thoroughly. Knots can reduce the strength of the tape by up to fifty% [50%]. Slings are prone to damage from abrasion, cuts on sharp edges, and the sides of the sling should always be checked as some slings come with a locking stitch down one edge, once this abraded, then the all the sling can unravel, thus drastically reducing the strength.

SlingsWhen placing slings around trees, bushes or columns it is advisable to place them as low as possible in order to reduce leverage, and always remember that trees branches can be rotten and the roots of the tree can be shallow rooted.

Seek advice from the retailers and remember that a sewn sling is stronger at the joint than a knotted one of the same tape and also neater and smaller than a knot.

 

Disclaimer - Climbing, Fell Walking, Mountaineering, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Watersports and other Activities can be extremely dangerous and can result in permanent disability or even loss of life. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own involvement and Lake District Let's Go can not be held responsible. Always seek advice and information.

 

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