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Members: Fig8 vs Fig9?

I have heard many justifications for the choice of a Figure-of-9 knot over the Figure-of-8 knot and they normally come down to: “Easier to untie after heavy loading”; “Stronger” (maintain

Members: Sliding-X Anchors

Most people now acknowledge that perfectly equalised anchors are virtually impossible to achieve, especially once a system is subjected to any significant loading. The ‘Sliding-X’ anchor was a hot topic

Members: Guide Mode

Several manufacturers make versions of passive belay devices that may be used in an auto-locking mode commonly known as “Guide Mode”. The first one I used was Black Diamond Equipment’s