I love free climbing but have never climbed with ropes. While reading through this question, I realized I would never have thought of these scenarios, but due to the answers on that post, the physics in question makes sense. But this left me with a question:

How would one achieve a triaxial connection if loading a carabiner in this way is dangerous?

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If you want one point and multiple things to connect to it, then what you do is create a master point with rope or cordellete and attach your carabiners to it.

Usually the master point is a a overhand knot on a bight and the carabiners attach to the loop.

That looks like this,

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In the other situation mentioned in the linked question where the sling goes around the tree, one would use a longer sling to go around the tree and then hook a carabiner to just one loop.

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    The answer is correct and good, but the picture is not very clear for nyone not familiar with all the gear. Perhaps a pic with a simpler setup (and no rigging plate involved, that is a specialty item)
    – Guran
    Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 9:50

You could use a triple butterfly knot, some call them alpine butterfly loop knots or simply multi-loop knots. They can be tied with single loops, double loops, and triple loops. No collection/rigging plate needed and simple to tie.

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