How to Choose Your Climbing Rope?

Single rope or double rope? Which diameter? Which length? There are many questions to answer before buying a climbing rope.

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How To Choose Your Climbing Rope?

How to Choose Your Climbing Rope?

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You should choose your rope based on intended use.
1. Indoor Climbing

Diameter

Larger diameter (10mm) with a reinforced sheath for intensive outdoor top roping use

Length

Select rope length according to indoor wall's height and profile

Colour

2 colours to choose from to distinguish rope bundles
2. Big Wall Climbing

Diameter

Larger diameter ropes (10mm) last longer and are safer to use (better braking in the device). They are recommended for beginners. Smaller diameter ropes are lighter and more fluid, but they require higher skill level. Smallest diameter ropes should be used by expert climbers.

Length

Select rope length according to big wall's height and profile
3. Multi Pitch Climbing, Mountaineering And Ice Climbing

Diameter

Double ropes are used for abseiling after climbing. 2 diameters exist. A thinner rope will be lighter but less durable and its use will require expert belaying technique.

Length

Select rope length according to length of route and abseil

Colour

Double ropes come in 2 colours for extra safety
4. Glacier Hiking

Diameter

A single very thin diameter for lower weight

Length

Select rope length according to the number of persons on the rope : 20m, 30m, 40m
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