Point Val­ues

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Let’s look at gen­eral point val­ues, from best to worst. Note that these are point val­ues, not the num­ber of pro­tec­tion points in the an­chor. A FOUR-POINT PIECE is bomber—able to hold a sub­stan­tial fall. A THREE-POINT PIECE is pretty good—able to hold a 10- to 15-foot fall.

A TWO-POINT PIECE is weak. Placed at your waist, it will hold a fall or body weight, but prob­a­bly not much be­yond that. A ONE-POINT PIECE is es­sen­tially an aid place­ment. It will hold body weight, but it’s un­likely to hold a fall.

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