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Aug 5, 2012
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Scott McMahon wrote:
Seems like mostly personal preference really.


Static cord, static rope, webbing and even slings are acceptable anchoring means. On lead, you can even build the anchor out of your dynamic rope! Learn them all and have them in your "tool-box" of climbing knowledge and you can practice them all when you build your anchors. There are often trade offs with the varying means. If the anchor is built with a stable master point by good extension angles, the quartzite edges at Devils Lake become a non-issue.

just my 2-cents
roger fritz from rockford, IL
From Rockford, IL
Joined Aug 9, 2009
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Aug 5, 2012
Tom Lausch wrote:
Let me get this straight. People are willing to carry up to 90' of static cord? I bring 40' of 1" webbing and that is more than enough. Why would you ever carry 90' of cord up.


I carry 80' of big honking 7/16" (11mm) static cord to set up TRs. Trees or anchor points are often far from the cliff edge where I climb. I don't mind the little extra weight in my pack for cragging.
Linnaeus
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Joined Aug 22, 2011
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Apr 19, 2016
Get the AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Manual by Bob Gaines and Jason Martin. It will show you everything you need to know about setting up top ropes with Static Ropes (which is the fastest, most versatile, and efficient way when you get good at it). Also, I highly recommend taking the AMGA SPI course ESPECIALLY if your like me and you like to teach others. When we teach others rock climbing, we owe it to them to teach them best practices that minimize the most risk, and the AMGA SPI course will teach you how to do this. Evan Marsh
From Cedar Falls, IA
Joined Jan 20, 2014
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Apr 20, 2016
Evan Marsh wrote:
Get the AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Manual by Bob Gaines and Jason Martin. It will show you everything you need to know about setting up top ropes with Static Ropes (which is the fastest, most versatile, and efficient way when you get good at it). Also, I highly recommend taking the AMGA SPI course ESPECIALLY if your like me and you like to teach others. When we teach others rock climbing, we owe it to them to teach them best practices that minimize the most risk, and the AMGA SPI course will teach you how to do this.


I can guarantee you that I can set up a TR faster with webbing, especially after a long uphill hike to the crag. Static rope is an overkill unless you are setting up a TR for a whole day of fat people gangbanging one climb IMHO.
T Roper
From DC,VA,NM,UT,CT,MA
Joined Mar 31, 2006
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Apr 20, 2016
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It's all preference. Depending on the area of the lake I'm headed to, I carry one or two lengths of webbing and 30' 8mm cord. Sometimes it's easier to use just webbing, sometimes it's easier to use just cord, sometimes the situation calls for me to use both. Seth Jones
From New Lenox, IL
Joined Feb 17, 2015
168 points
Apr 20, 2016
Static line is round and can roll, causing issues on sharper edges. I use static for LONG anchors, but short of the lip. I use webbing over the edges and for shorter anchors. Doug Meneke
Joined Apr 26, 2013
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Apr 20, 2016
Doug Meneke wrote:
Static line is round and can roll, causing issues on sharper edges.

I'd prefer rolling to sliding!

Besides static rope has a protective sheath any wear is clearly visible before strength is compromised. Webbing does not have this.
patto
Joined Jul 9, 2012
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Jun 1, 2016
How many minutes are we talking about as fast for a top rope? I have been climbing in Maryland at small crags and at Great Falls in Va, and the top rope anchor trees are too far back to girth hitch 30 foot webbing tied into a fig 8, so I bought static line. I use a bowline on one tree and wraps on the other, equalize the static with an overhand in some cases, tie a fig 9, pad both if I can, and I got myself an anchor. The Rock is sometimes sharp here, so after a number of outings i have noticed some wear on the static line sheath.I would prefer to use webbing, tied together,cheap, fast and safe. 8 mm is totally fine too. Nathan berry
From Columbus, GA
Joined Nov 22, 2013
1 points
Jun 1, 2016
Static rope TR's can be edge protected by a piece of an old garden hose. afemery
From Lebanon, NH
Joined Aug 1, 2011
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Jun 1, 2016
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Webbing with multiple wraps is kinder to the trees and their bark. They grew for a couple decades or more to provide safe anchorage to you and youRs, and also for those fat bastards gang hanging the same route per above comment.

Damage to tree bark allows insects and fungus in. Let the anchors live! Use webbing in heavy traffic tr areas.
Faulted Geologist
From Lawrence, KS
Joined Jan 7, 2015
151 points
Jun 1, 2016
I think everyone over thinks everything ;) serene n your good to hook CRAG-list-KILLA
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