Belay Position When Using A Tripod
I apologize if this topic has been touched on in the past however I wanted to poll the members of our forum regarding the placement of your belay(s) when using a tripod.
I'm not a fan of committing all my lines to the tripod, therefore I utilize other anchor points to connect my belays too. It seems a lot of teams are fans of throwing all the lines onto one of those nice rigging plates....Sure it may be convenient and does have its place in some applications, however if you have two rescuers gong in that means you need two rescuers ready to go in. Right there we're talking four belays and a main line. With that being said that rigging plate will get messy real quick. I've seen double sheave pulleys used to service two belays but to me that defeats the purpose of the independent belay. When I rig the tripod I'll utilize the connection point on the tripod for my lowering/raising main line. The belays are connected to separate anchor points remote from the tripod. Some may disagree with this method but by definition the tripod is not a bombproof anchor therefore I'm not committing my belays and mainline all in one location.Also by separating the mainline and belays the overall look of the operation is more organized.
If you're reading this and think i'm totally wrong that's certainly okay, I'm just trying to get a feel for what teams are doing out there.
Thanks in advance for the input.