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Andy Kirkpatrick


Belay Jackets Revisited

The two questions I get asked most regularly via this blog involve either cordelettes or belay jackets - the cord ones about ‘how thick’, ‘how long’ and ‘how best to use’, which is funny when really a cordelette is just - well - a length of string. The belay jacket questions tend to come thick and fast as the nights draw in, as people think about sorting out winter kit for the season, or replacing stuff that’s worn out. Having a lot of articles on here about belay jackets is one reason why people end up here, but also maybe because what I’ve written in the past gets referenced a lot, the reason being that I guess I’ve been writing about this subject from the start - well that and the fact I use belay jackets a lot.

And so, I thought maybe it was time to update what I’ve written on the subject, so I can point people in the right direction.

The father of the belay jacket concept has to be Mark Twight - a true legend of the alpine - writing about the idea in his book Extreme Alpinism, the bible for many climbers, and one that’s yet to be surpassed. His idea was not really that revolutionary, in fact, it was almost a backward step, being about depending on less refined clothing, on cheapish nylon shelled Polarguard jackets versus gore-tex shelled down. The idea was you carried some form of insulation with all the sophistication of an AK47, but also equally robust and reliable. In the past climbers tended to wear quite a

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