Via Ferrata Equipment

10:33 a.m. on December 28, 2001 (EST)
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Hi,

does anybody know something about Via Ferrata equipment?

What is a Via Ferrata karabiner?

What is a V-construction and what a Y-construction?

It refers to the Y-Zyper and the V-Zyper from Petzl.

Any help is appreciated.


Iris

4:08 p.m. on December 28, 2001 (EST)
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does anybody know something about Via Ferrata equipment?

Teeny bit, never done one, but have friends who have.

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What is a Via Ferrata karabiner?

One large enough to clip the rungs on a Ferrata ladder.

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What is a V-construction and what a Y-construction?

The double lanyard of a self belay strap type device that you clip to the ladder.

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It refers to the Y-Zyper and the V-Zyper from Petzl.
Any help is appreciated.

I'm just guessing, but, I'll bet V comes directly to your harness anchor point and the Y comes to a point then goes single from there to your harness anchor point.

I'd definetly check out the Petzl shock absorber if not using a belay or rope on a Via Ferrata. Fall factor can be qquite high and you'd want all the shock absorber you can get.

Brian in SLC

2:18 a.m. on December 29, 2001 (EST)

Via Ferrata Equipment means basically a harness (usually a full body harness) and a ferrata belay set, or just a ferrata belay set.

A ferrata belay set is made by a segment of rope, two carabiners and a shock absorber. You can make it by yourself (discouraged if you're a beginner), or buy it (Mammut, Salewa, Kong, Petzl sell them).

In the V-type, the shock absorber is fixed to the tie-in point of the harness, the rope goes through it at the half of the length, and you have two equally long segments of rope coming out, ending with two carabiners. You clip one carabiner at the time in the ferrata cables, except when you change section of cable, so that when one is unclipped, you've already the other one clipped. If you fall, the absorber uses the not clipped side of the rope to lower the impact force.

In the Y-type, you have one end of the rope attached to the harness (anywhere), the absorber is placed one meter or more far from the it, and connected to the tie-in point of the harness. At the other side of the rope, you have two more shorter slings ending with two carabiners. In case of fall there's rope for the absorber even when both carabiners are clipped.

A ferrata carabiner is in general a big size autolocking carabiner. Some manufacturers make special ferrata carabiners: the Salewa Attac, e.g., doesn't need any pushing turning pulling to be locked and unlocked; in any case, a special ferrata carabiner has an easy locking-unlocking system and is made so to avoid absolutely cross-loading.

10:50 a.m. on January 2, 2002 (EST)
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Thanks! Your answer is a big big help for my climbing terminology!

Iris

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Via Ferrata Equipment means basically a harness (usually a full body harness) and a ferrata belay set, or just a ferrata belay set.

A ferrata belay set is made by a segment of rope, two carabiners and a shock absorber. You can make it by yourself (discouraged if you're a beginner), or buy it (Mammut, Salewa, Kong, Petzl sell them).

In the V-type, the shock absorber is fixed to the tie-in point of the harness, the rope goes through it at the half of the length, and you have two equally long segments of rope coming out, ending with two carabiners. You clip one carabiner at the time in the ferrata cables, except when you change section of cable, so that when one is unclipped, you've already the other one clipped. If you fall, the absorber uses the not clipped side of the rope to lower the impact force.

In the Y-type, you have one end of the rope attached to the harness (anywhere), the absorber is placed one meter or more far from the it, and connected to the tie-in point of the harness. At the other side of the rope, you have two more shorter slings ending with two carabiners. In case of fall there's rope for the absorber even when both carabiners are clipped.

A ferrata carabiner is in general a big size autolocking carabiner. Some manufacturers make special ferrata carabiners: the Salewa Attac, e.g., doesn't need any pushing turning pulling to be locked and unlocked; in any case, a special ferrata carabiner has an easy locking-unlocking system and is made so to avoid absolutely cross-loading.

10:51 a.m. on January 2, 2002 (EST)
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thanks.

Iris

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Quote:

does anybody know something about Via Ferrata equipment?

Teeny bit, never done one, but have friends who have.

Quote:

What is a Via Ferrata karabiner?

One large enough to clip the rungs on a Ferrata ladder.

Quote:

What is a V-construction and what a Y-construction?

The double lanyard of a self belay strap type device that you clip to the ladder.

Quote:

It refers to the Y-Zyper and the V-Zyper from Petzl.
Any help is appreciated.

I'm just guessing, but, I'll bet V comes directly to your harness anchor point and the Y comes to a point then goes single from there to your harness anchor point.

I'd definetly check out the Petzl shock absorber if not using a belay or rope on a Via Ferrata. Fall factor can be qquite high and you'd want all the shock absorber you can get.

Brian in SLC

10:24 p.m. on January 6, 2002 (EST)
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Energy absorbers

Wait for the response to this one!

Can generate huge forces on via ferrata falls due the possibility of up to fact 5+ fall factors.

Thus need a connecting lanyard with an in line energy absorber - usually a self destructing sling affair that breaks instead of you!

Cheers,

Macca

10:24 p.m. on January 6, 2002 (EST)
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Energy absorbers

Wait for the response to this one!

Can generate huge forces on via ferrata falls due the possibility of up to fact 5+ fall factors.

Thus need a connecting lanyard with an in line energy absorber - usually a self destructing sling affair that breaks instead of you!

Cheers,

Macca

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