Half way up a cliff face, with burning forearms, shaky legs and your last piece of protection a little too far away; not the time to start thinking about the quality of your climbing rope. Or is it?
Modern construction techniques, rigorous testing and stringent safety guidelines mean that the humble rope has never been so strong, light and durable. But with such a wide array of options, how do you know which is the right one for you?
If you’re thinking about buying a new rope then we have put together this easy to understand climbing rope buying guide to help you make the best, and the safest decision for yourself.
Image An example of a 50m, 10mm dynamic rope
Static ropes should never be used for lead climbing, seconding or top roping. This is because they do not stretch when they bear a load and are therefore dangerous to climb with. Static ropes should only be used for hauling gear up a route, jumaring (climbing up the rope with an ascender), abseils and caving. These are the only times when a climber does not need the rope to be elastic.
Image This Edelrid rope has a toughened Teflon coated outer (Pro Shield), a water resistant finish (Dry Shield) and and special heat treatment to bond the kern and the mantle together (Thermo Shield).