Several years into 70m rope availability, what say you?

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Rhodo-Router

Gym climber
sawatch choss
Mar 26, 2013 - 05:36pm PT
They're trying to weed out the sport rappellers.
looks easy from here

climber
Ben Lomond, CA
Mar 26, 2013 - 09:32pm PT
Can u even buy 50m ropes anymore?


I asked at my gym about ordering an inexpensive one to be my indoor beater, but it was a no-go.

Back OT, I bought my first rope last month, after having spent the last year climbing on my friends' 60 and 70 meter ropes. I went with a nice, lean 70. No regrets yet (we'll see if I feel the same when I lug it into the wilds this summer...)
ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Mar 26, 2013 - 09:43pm PT
yeah, I love dragging a 70-meter rope to my local 40-foot crag. Thanks, private equity!
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Mar 26, 2013 - 11:18pm PT
_Hi Pat
kennyt

climber
Woodfords,California
Mar 26, 2013 - 11:19pm PT
2. Longer sport?
that seems like it.
WBraun

climber
Mar 26, 2013 - 11:49pm PT
why are static lines almost always sold in lengths that are shorter than your average climbing CORD?

Because they hang straight down.

Static lines don't need to wander like lead lines.

Now don't-ch know that ......
Captain...or Skully

climber
Mar 26, 2013 - 11:56pm PT
We had a super long static line on New Dawn. The cluster cord.
Meh.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Mar 27, 2013 - 09:33am PT
You can leave me a message pat,convince me we have anything to talk about. It is fun having
Have you stalk me! I have your hundred texts from after midnight last night and so do the authorities. They seemed more interested in video though.

Guess you had to delete.
10b4me

Ice climber
Happy Boulders
Mar 27, 2013 - 11:25am PT
Ron does have a point. Unless going to a fixed anchor, you can belay wherever you want.( just don't hold up the send train)

Nowadays, I'm more interested in getting a smaller diameter(9.1-9.5mm) rope
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Mar 27, 2013 - 06:12pm PT


The problem with 70 meter ropes.....

Don't f*#k with hornets on the descent!

DMT
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Mar 27, 2013 - 06:42pm PT
My std cord for multi pitch has been a 70m for over 10 years. I like em, especially now that we're down to mid 9mm dias.

My sport climbing rope is a 60 (although I will occasionally bust out the 70, because my local sport crag the Riverside Quarry has several pitches over 30m that require a 70 to lower or rap if you don't want to do a L-P-L).

why are static lines almost always sold in lengths that are shorter than your average climbing CORD?

Huh? Not in my experience. Sure you can get em in weird lengths (blame the cavers or roped access workers), but just as easily get them in std 50,60,70 lengths. You can also just buy it by the foot. Last static line I bought was a 200m spool...if your climbing cord is longer than that, you must carry one hell of a big rack to link 3-4 pitches at a time.

donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Mar 27, 2013 - 07:04pm PT
If you are going to use a static rope as a tag line make sure it is 5 meters longer than your lead rope to accomodate the stretch in the lead rope.
nutjob

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
Mar 27, 2013 - 07:13pm PT
I've been using 2 x 8.0mm x 60m for at least 5 years. Before that it was 2 x 9.0mm x 60m for a few years. Using doubles has saved my arse on several occasions, for long raps, a few times needing to cut ropes, losing one in the wind, etc.

On some alpinish routes or where I'm mostly solo'ing but want a back-up plan, I only take one and fold it in half when using to minimize dragging.

I've found that linking pitches is only feasible on certain types of routes. I tend to more blocky bush-wacky wandering stuff where it's just impractical to do longer pitches. The communication issues and stuck-ropes issues are not worth the supposed time savings.

That said, I can see the benefit on straight-up clean cracks or slabs. But then you seriously run out your pro or bring quite a lot.

So I have never yet had an experience where I said "damn, if I only had a 70m rope." Plenty of times I've stretched a 60m though.
10b4me

Ice climber
Happy Boulders
Mar 27, 2013 - 08:35pm PT

why are static lines almost always sold in lengths that are shorter than your average climbing CORD?

You can buy static cord off a spool at any length
hossjulia

Trad climber
Where the Hoback and the mighty Snake River meet
Mar 27, 2013 - 08:46pm PT
I like the 70 when it's needed, mines a 9.6 Beal dry, so it handles great, but I can barely coil it. Don't mind the weight, but it doesn't really fit in my hand.

One downside I discovered; I ran 2 pitches together on Penneyroyal Arches, right side, it took the full 70, I was really gassed and a little trembly setting up the belay. That is a right facing corner almost the whole way.
(Super fun at 5.7)

The 70 was originally purchased for top roping the Chouinard Falls in Lee Vining Canyon (CA). A 70 keeps you from having to pass a knot on the far left, belaying from the boulder.

Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Mar 27, 2013 - 08:52pm PT
Several years into 70m rope availability, what say you?

With several years of data now available, I think we're finally in a position to be able to state with some certainty that 70m ropes are, on average (and allowing for some inaccuracy of measurement), ten meters longer than 60m ropes.
hossjulia

Trad climber
Where the Hoback and the mighty Snake River meet
Mar 27, 2013 - 08:55pm PT
^^^roflmao, 'cause I thought of that too
rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Mar 27, 2013 - 09:53pm PT
60m half ropes have worked for me for many years. They're 62% longer than the 37 meter (120 ft) ropes I started out with, and meanwhile I'm 1% shorter, so everything seems bigger anyway.

I'm stickin' with the 60's.
msiddens

Trad climber
Mar 27, 2013 - 10:04pm PT
Munge- LOVE mine for more than just a few options. I don't use it dragging so much but having it in the arsenal works on my rack for all multi-pitch climbs. We should go!
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