How to thread a 'rams head' lower-off

Posted by Guy Keating on 26/11/2009

The following pictures illustrate how to thread the new lower-offs recently installed by the BMC on six routes on Main Wall at Horseshoe Quarry.

This type of equipment is popular in parts of the USA and Europe where climbers appreciate its robust construction, relative ease of use and contribution towards sustainable bolting. As far as BMC is aware, this type of unit has not been placed in the UK before, and we would be keen to receive your feedback.

Pic. 1 - the 'rams head' before threading.

Pic 1 - the 'rams tail' before threading.

Pic. 2 - the leaders end of the rope is threaded around 1 'horn' of the unit. 

 

 

 

 

Pic. 3 - the 2nd horn of the unit is threaded - you are now ready to descend.



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Anonymous User
02/07/2012
There are quite a few of these on the main wall in Horseshoe Quarry now.
Lovely stuff.
Anonymous User
08/08/2012
Is it OK to bottom rope off one of these?
30/04/2013
Used these for the first time at Horseshoe this weekend- what a revelation!!! It takes a lot of the puff and panic out of those last moves when you're boxed out at the top and feels far safer. Would love to see more of these at other venues in the UK
Anonymous User
03/09/2013
Great bit of kit, first found them in portland, dorset. Would be nice if they were commonplace in the UK
Anonymous User
03/06/2014
Great bit of kit, first time for a long while at horseshoe and really liked these
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23/06/2014
these just seem a little bit scary tbh

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