climbing without the risk of losing your tools. Perfect for both beginner and advanced climbers tackling long committing routes and all round winter climbing. The small loop half way down the leash is for emergency self-rescue. It allows the climber to attach a carabiner and pull back up to the axes if they lose their grip and fall into space whilst the axes stay buried in the ice - pulling up the leash without this would be pretty hard especially with thick gloves on. NB: This item is purely intended as a leash to prevent dropping your tools - At no point must it be relied upon to provide security e.g for use in a belay.