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Watch That Edge – Safe toproping skills

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We all know that lead-climbing can be dangerous. But when you’re toproping and walking around on a nice flat cliff top, it’s easy to forget the hazards and scramble around unroped. I have known two guides and one recreationalist who slipped over the edge this way — only one lived.

Toproping should not be risky. With the right gear, you can stay clipped in the entire time you’re near the edge. Here is a quick method of building equalized cliff-top anchors that will keep you from taking the plunge.

WHAT YOU NEED A long (up to 80 feet) single length of 9mm to 10mm static cord or webbing for building an equalized two-point anchor; two locking carabiners for the toprope anchor point; and a separate 30- to 40-foot length of cord to keep yourself safe near the edge. Plus gear for constructing the anchors, if needed.