what is a parachute link?

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jonnyrig

Trad climber
formerly known as hillrat
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 18, 2014 - 03:04pm PT
Ok taco, help me out-
While climbing yesterday we found what i think is a military parachute link (via web search on phone at work). It looks like the following, except one bar had 4 pieces of green paracord individually clove hitched, backed up with a half hitch, then sewn to itself for a couple inches.
Anyne know what it is, and how it is used?
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Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Feb 18, 2014 - 03:09pm PT
Those are what attaches the parachute lines to straps known as risers- which then attach to a harness.
jonnyrig

Trad climber
formerly known as hillrat
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 18, 2014 - 03:22pm PT
Any reason for the serrated edge on the removable end? Guess someone dropped in on top of the mountain, but why theyd cut the cords and leave the link in a cavern big enough to sleep a dozen people...?
Maybe usf the chute to build a shelter/wind break. I dont know.
JayMark

Social climber
Oxnard, CA
Feb 18, 2014 - 03:34pm PT
Yeah, that is a connector link used to connect the suspension lines to the riser. The particular one shown is the Navy "speed link". It can be disassembled quicker than a solid link via the screw located in the end bar. The serrations are there so you can grip it. The screw is loosened a few turns and the serrated end bar is moved sideways releasing it from the end of the connector.

JEM
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Feb 18, 2014 - 03:35pm PT
Have to see them to determine if they are older ones. Interesting mystery there John.
jonnyrig

Trad climber
formerly known as hillrat
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 18, 2014 - 04:07pm PT
Thanks guys! No longer a whatsit. Still don't think I'll be jumping out of airplanes any time.
The actual item:
Credit: jonnyrig
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Credit: jonnyrig
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Feb 18, 2014 - 04:35pm PT
from a 20 gore chute it looks like. Im guessing a cargo chute. Had it been a 28' personnel canopy there would be 7 lines attached to the links. Or 6 with a 24' reserve type canopy. Course im quite dated in all of this..That particular model of link is not that old..
speelyei

Trad climber
Mohave County Arizona
Feb 18, 2014 - 07:04pm PT
Cool find!
JayMark

Social climber
Oxnard, CA
Feb 18, 2014 - 07:48pm PT
There is also a variation of this link that is made for 1" wide tubular webbing. Made in both speed link, and separable link, MS24553, design. Separable link boasts a 15,000 tensile strength. Might have a use in an application other than parachutes such as cargo tie downs, etc. I've never seen these used in climbing.

JM
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