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Swivel or sling on bridge

Discussion in 'Recreational Tree Climbing' started by hosocat, Jun 3, 2019.

  1. hosocat

    hosocat ArboristSite Lurker

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    I have a petzl ring on my cougar bridge. I see a lot of people using a swivel on their bridges for increased mobility. Just looking for thoughts and opinions on use of swivels as opposed to a short sling made out of dyneema. I know all swivels are extensively tested, but I would worry about everything being concentrated on that thin piece of metal at the swivel joint.
     
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    I use the sherriltree rook on my rope bridge. I haven't heard of using a sling, is the sling supposed to be able to twist around a bit?
    The swivel is nice because you can spin in either direction as much as you like. You just have to lift the tail of your rope over your head.

    I know what you mean about not trusting it. Mine swivels on a good size bolt and is supposed to be as strong as the caribiners I use. Like any gear, the more you use it the more you trust it.

    Since this is a few months old, have you tried the strap or a swivel?
     
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    No, havent tried one yet. Eventually i will, but im pretty new to climbing and still getting familiar with the basics.
     
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    Richard Mumford has a good video on the advantages of using a swivel. I personally don't use one. I would but they're expensive and I've never really been hindered by not having one. I use a DMM ring and a BAT plate on my bridge. I use them both normally and can separate and use them individually if needed. Like using a second long lanyard or using the tail of my climb line for a second tip.

     

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