What can I do if I drop my belay device mid-way up a multipitch climb?

What can I do if I drop my belay device mid-way up a multipitch climb?

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By Shayne Henderson | Aug 5th 2015 |
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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 25th 2015
Hi Shayne, Firstly, don't panic! There are various ways of using Carabiners to make a safe and usable belay or rappel device. The best and most simple is undoubtedly an Italian (or munter) hitch. Here is a helpful animation on how to tie this knot: http://howset.com/animated_show/how-to-make-italian-hitch/#.VdxWDPlViko If you are intending to finish your climb then it is best for the leader to be belayed on the remaining belay device and the second to be brought up using the Italian hitch. Make sure you practice using this knot in a safe environment before you have to use it halfway up a dangerous multipitch. Hope that helps, Dave

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