The Joke Slinger...gunning.
I try not to cruise the Internet climbing forums these days. I read about crampons "breaking" because the owner has no clue on how they actually should be attached or to what kind of boots they were designed to be used with. Or for that matter how a crampon is actually suppose to work. Different from crampons, actually breaking. Be nice if some would actually gain that education prior to bitching about it in public. Everyone wants a voice on the Internet!
Life use to be so simple.
I asked Grivel some time back to produce a simple leash with the ability to girth hitch both ends. I could even live with the swivel harness attachment as is. Or even all three ends needing a girth hitch. Not that the idea will ever go anywhere. Now I am beginning to understand why. I really should stay out of Internet climbing forums!
In a few short years..the idea of actually incorporating umbilicals in your kit is common place. 4 different makers producing more than 4 options now. So they seem to be a success at retail. Even if the really "good" climbers on the Internet never drop a tool or need an umbilical, I do and you might :)
Jon Griffith photo of Ueli Steck soloing the Ginat
Here are some previous thoughts on umbilicals out of a dozen or so posts here on the subject of umbilicals.
Call it a PSA.
Nice thing about alpine and ice? Darwin's theory generally plays out quickly. Thankfully.