Tuesday, August 31, 2021

The Kiwi Coil

The Kiwi Coil is a technique that is used to bring in rope, in order to shorten the distance between two climbers. This technique is commonly used for simul-climbing on easy terrain, or in glacier travel.

Check out a video on how to do it, below:

One thing to be very careful about is the use of a Kiwi Coil on a glacier. It is important to add one additional element to tie off the rope. The climber should tie an overhand knot in the line and clip it to a carabiner. The reason one does this is to ensure that if your partner falls into a crevasse and you have to untie the Kiwi, you won't get strangled when it comes undone.

--Jason D. Martin

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