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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 24th 2015
Hi Panu, Out of all regularly used pieces of climbing gear, slings are possibly the most likely to fail. You should check them regularly for signs of wear. If the material has become excessively fuzzy from frequent abrasion you should consider retiring it. If the sling has ever come in contact with any harsh chemicals like battery acid or petroleum based fuel you should also consider retiring it.... (more)

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Dave Thexton's picture
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Aug 6th 2015
Hi Camella, The safest way is by far not to tie them at all and use a locking carabiner. If that isn't an option then maybe this recent article by Black Diamond will give you some more information. http://blackdiamondequipment.com/en/qc-lab-connecting-two-slings-together.html Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Jul 28th 2015
Hi Asher, If possible you should try to attach yourself to anchors using the rope or some form of rope anchor like this: http://www.petzl.com/en/Sport/Lanyards/CONNECT-ADJUST?l=GB#.VbeR_PlViko If that's not possible then the second best option would be to use a daisy chain. And finally if you have to use a sling then try to use a nylon sling rather than dyneema one as they cope better with being shock loaded. Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Jul 28th 2015
Hi Dixon, Great question. The key difference between them is that nylon slings will stretch more than dyneema slings. This makes them mch better at handling shock loading. However, dyneema has a much better strength to weight ratio and is also more resistant to wear and tear and has become the more common choice of sling. You should always try to avoid situations where you might shock load a sling (for example by using rope in your anchors instead) if you can do that then there is no disadvantage to using dyneema. Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
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Jul 27th 2015
Hi Mikhael, Daisy chains are a very specific piece of climbing gear used for attaching yourself to anchors and some aid climbing applications. They are not a substitute for regular slings. You should always consult an expert before using a piece of climbing gear that you have never used before. Hope that helps, Dave

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