Blue Ice Solo Leash


The Blue Ice Solo leash allows you to secure your ice axe or your camera against accidental dropping.

Blue Ice Solo Leash

Blue Ice Solo Leash
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The Blue Ice Solo leash allows you to secure your ice axe or your camera against accidental dropping. Ultralight, compact and simple, with a wide gate high spring-tension karabiner and large loop, which can be easily larks-footed around your harness or any loop on your pack. It stretches up to 135cm and is designed to not to get in the way.

  • Ultralight elastic sling.
  • High spring tension karabiner with wide open gate.

Materials: Aluminium, UHMW Polyethylene, PES.
Strength: 2kN.

Length: 80cm (up to 135cm when stretched).

Weight: c 28g.

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 lanyards 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: Needle Sports bandolier system about to be put to use. 

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