That looks like a horrible anchor point. Our guidelines for choosing a TIP would call for a minimum of 4" diameter, preferably around the main stem, and no more than 30 degrees past vertical. We also require a canopy anchor before cutting and a two person, static load test.
The union up to the...
Great post, Jeff! Its easy to have headlines make things look more dire than they really are.
My interest in the zigzag has still dropped off the cliff (no need to feel sorry for me!). I'm pretty confident in my ability to work a friction hitch!
Couple of hairs to split... presumably, the device failed because of either misuse and/or manufacturer defects.
The climber fell because of bad decision making. Primarily, not taking care of their kit (poor maintenance), poor gear selection (kit that either hadn't been inspected or had and...
Barbicide kills microorganisms and isn't corrosive to metal tools (not AS corrosive). Soak for 10 minutes for complete disinfection.
Its also availables in an aerosol container. Lysol is another readily available alternative.
Spraying is convenient, but not as thorough as soaking.