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Beginners kit — better than nothing!

Your life or spinal cord is worth more than the mere €127 selling price (May 2017) for this great (via ferrata) beginners kit! By all accounts, this is still better than using no fall arrest equipment at all. Just add a couple of anchor points and small slings (not shown) for attaching to wide diameter structures.

Your life or spinal cord is worth more than the mere €127 selling price (May 2017) for this great (via ferrata) beginners kit! By all accounts, this is still better than using no fall arrest equipment at all. Just add a couple of anchor points and small slings (not shown) for attaching to wide diameter structures.

The fall factor should always be ≤ 1

The fall factor \(FF\) is the ratio of the distance fallen \(d_{fallen}\) over the length of the securing rope \(l_{rope}\). Under no circumstances should the fall factor be higher than one!

\[FF = \frac{d_{fallen}}{\ell_{rope}}\]

In industial climbing, the fall factor under all circumstances should be one or less! See what happens to the contrary with higher fall factors on a via ferrata. If you are a via ferrata enthusiast, only a device like the Skylotec Rider 3.0 will secure a safe climb. Figure adapted from:  Singing Rock

In industial climbing, the fall factor under all circumstances should be one or less! See what happens to the contrary with higher fall factors on a via ferrata. If you are a via ferrata enthusiast, only a device like the Skylotec Rider 3.0 will secure a safe climb. Figure adapted from:  Singing Rock

Deceleration forces involved with the fall of a 80 kg person over 0.6 m height onto (A) a static system; (B) a dynamic lanyard or fall absorber Source: Petzl

Deceleration forces involved with the fall of a 80 kg person over 0.6 m height onto (A) a static system; (B) a dynamic lanyard or fall absorber Source: Petzl

A clear case of devolution: Ham radio turned me into a rope monkey!

A clear case of devolution: Ham radio turned me into a rope monkey!

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