How To Make An Alpine Quickdraw
The Alpine Quickdraw, or extendable Quickdraw, is a great tool for alpine climbing, wandering trad routes and even some sport climbs.
This article will take you through how to make an alpine quickdraw in four easy steps. All you will need is a 60cm sling and two snapgate carabiners.
You now have an alpine quickdraw. This can be racked on your harness along with your other quickdraws, but can also be easily extended when necessary to create a much longer runner.
This is great for reducing rope drag on routes which don’t follow an obvious line and may also increase your odds if you're unlucky enough to fall onto marginal gear.
One important thing to remember is that with quickdraws like this, it is possible for the carabiner that is clipped to the rope to move freely, increasing the risk of cross-loading and even of the gear unclipping itself.
Many people combat this risk by holding the rope-end carabiner in place with a rubber band or similar tied closely around this end of the sling.