Grivel Single Spring Leash with Rotor Karabiner

£20.00
A single version of the spring leash with a lightweight rotating swivel screwgate accessory krab at one end and a lark's footable loop at the other. The rotator krab means that things should get in less of a tangle than usual.

Stock Code: GRI ROTOR

Approximate Packed Weight: 0.1kg

Grivel Single Spring Leash with Rotor Karabiner

Grivel Single Spring Leash with Rotor Karabiner
£20.00
1 In Stock

A single version of the spring leash with a lightweight rotating swivel screwgate accessory krab at one end and a lark's footable loop at the other. The rotator krab means that things should get in less of a tangle than usual - however it does make the unit 28g heavier than the standard version and all this increase is at the krab end.

Designed for use with an alpine or walking axe so that you do not constantly need to change the leash from one hand to the other when ascending or descending a slope by zig-zagging.

Clip or lark's foot one end of the leash to the axe and the other end to your rucksack. As far as we can see it doesn't matter which end you use for the axe and it might be simplest to lark's foot the big loop to the head of the axe (ie poke it through the hole in the head of the axe and then feed the whole leash through the loop of tape and tighten it) and use the karabiner to clip it to the shoulder strap of your rucksack. However, it can be done the other way round, ie clip the screwgate into the head of the axe etc. Clipping it to something high up like a rucksack strap, rather than into a waistbelt, means you are less likely to trip over it.

The small karabiner has a maximum strength of 750kg and must never be used instead of a normal karabiner when climbing or belaying.

Weight: ca 78g.

We have had reports of the wiregates on spring leashes becoming unclipped from iceaxes. This is easily resolved. Instead of clipping them directly to the axes, clip them to loops of 4mm or 5mm cord that are tied through suitable holes in the axes.

It is also easy to make yourself a bandolier to clip your spring leash into using a length (ca 2.25m) of narrow tape and a small screwgate krab. Tie an overhand knot in one end of the tape and clip it to your belay loop. Run the tape under your arm, up your back and over your shoulder, and tie an overhand loop in it at chest height. Continue the run down to waist level and make a third loop which is clipped into the same screwgate krab in your belay loop. The spring leash loop is now clipped into the chest loop.

The advantages of this system are that the elastic lanyards of the spring leash do not get tangled up with gear hanging on your harness and you are less likely to trip over them with your crampons. Another advantage is that the landyards are effectively lengthened, meaning that they can be clipped into a point on the shaft of the axe rather than into the ferule (as per the photo) - this is much better when mixed climbing as the ferule and lower shaft of the axe may need to be jammed into a crack, tricky if it has a karabiner flapping around on it.

Photo: Home made bandolier sysem.

      

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