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post #15 of Old 11-24-2011
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Originally Posted by pdqaltair View Post
Yes, locking biners are a must at the jackline or u-bolt end. The CE standard includes a test procedure where the biner is rotated through certain arcs on 2 different sized u-bolts. It is very sobering to see just how easily a plain wire gate biner will unclip from a u-bolt; plain biners generally fail on the first rotation.
I had one come off a jackline in 2000 on a delivery from Honolulu. In the middle of the night I was going forward when it caught on something and came loose. Fortunately it attached it self to a genoa sheet. Never again.

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