A common, but unsafe use of daisy chains

4:49 p.m. on September 16, 2010 (EDT)
Bill S
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This video from Black Diamond is an excellent visualization of an all too common way of using a daisy chain in climbing. Always keep in mind that a daisy chain is intended only for body weight. It is not intended to be part of a belay anchor. When loaded, the bar tacks can easily rip out.

10:43 a.m. on September 17, 2010 (EDT)
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Oh, I thought this was going to tell about poisonous flowers used to make a necklace, oops! :)

6:33 p.m. on September 17, 2010 (EDT)
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Well I do very little climbing, I'm not a climber.

However the video made me cringe; just looking at the illustrations of how the biner and the daisy chain were connected I didn't realize what could happen.

1:01 p.m. on September 20, 2010 (EDT)
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The only thing I use daisy chains for is to connect my mechanical ascenders to my harness, and, I always use them in tandem. Never a single one by itself.

6:09 a.m. on September 24, 2010 (EDT)
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f_klock said:

The only thing I use daisy chains for...

I find daisy chains also make nice salami bandoliers!

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