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Nov 16, 2013
Single line rope. Just curious. E rizzle
From Eugene, Oregon
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slide mtn, 4180 catskills
10m with no gear placed Jesse Newton
From catskills
Joined Dec 11, 2011
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Nov 16, 2013
yaak crack Red Rock Canyon, NV
I've simulclimbed the 1st flatiron on an 8.4mm before. Does that count? Jon Zucco
From Denver, CO
Joined Aug 15, 2008
357 points
Nov 16, 2013
8.9mm single line from Edelrid. my buddy uses it as his only rope for all his climbing.

I did Matthes Crest on a single 8.6mm half rope.
John Wilder
From Las Vegas, NV
Joined Feb 1, 2004
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Nov 16, 2013
I lead ice from time to time on a 8.6 mm half rope. No big deal if you don't fall. Gunkiemike
Joined Jul 29, 2009
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Nov 16, 2013
Mt. Agassiz
I saw some guys climbing Bear's Reach at Lover's Leap on 7mm Bluewater Accessory cord...yep. Ryan Nevius
From The Range of Light
Joined Dec 29, 2010
783 points
Nov 16, 2013
I did Bear Creek Spire on a single 8mm this summer. I wasn't worried about it being strong enough, rather, I was more worried if the belay device would work if I took a true whip. nicelegs
From Denver
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Nov 16, 2013
At the matching crux
My twins are Metolius 7.7mm lines. On several occasions I've climbed on only one of them.

A buddy of mine got his ropes stuck on rappel in Red Rocks and had to lead back up on his 6mm accessory pull cord so he could free his rope.
Jon H
From Boulder
Joined Nov 24, 2009
98 points
Nov 16, 2013
8.5mm half rope on a sport climb. My partner and I got my rope stuck on Cloud Tower and my partner lead back up on my 6mm tag line. 20 kN
From Hawaii
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665 points
Nov 16, 2013
Wolfs head ridge route on a single 8.5mm half rope. Moderate climbing with low fall potential. I am sure a single strand of half rope would hold me on a lead fall but I'm thinking it would have stretched a lot longer than with two strands or a true single rope which then means more likely to ledge fall on something DrApnea
From Wenatchee, WA
Joined May 24, 2011
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Nov 16, 2013
A single Petzl Dragon Fly 8.2. cdec
From SLC and Moab, ut
Joined Jan 3, 2007
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Nov 17, 2013
7.7mm Jim Titt
From Germany
Joined Nov 10, 2009
185 points
Nov 17, 2013
Me and Holden at the "Matterhorn"
0.0, but that guy really ran it out. Robbie Mackley
From Tucson, AZ
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Nov 17, 2013
"No big deal if you don't fall."

Indeed, so why bother? ;^)
Joined May 17, 2006
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Nov 17, 2013
yaak crack Red Rock Canyon, NV
I believe MacGyver once scaled a large skyscraper with dental floss. Jon Zucco
From Denver, CO
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Nov 17, 2013
Jon H wrote:
...ropes stuck on rappel in Red Rocks...

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Nov 18, 2013
This would be more interesting if it was "what's the skinniest rope you've ever seen someone fall on." Bryan Hall
From Bend, Oregon
Joined Feb 16, 2008
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Nov 18, 2013
Bryan Hall wrote:
This would be more interesting if it was "what's the skinniest rope you've ever seen someone fall on."

I caught my buddy on a decent winger on a single 8.2 double rope.
Joined Jan 20, 2012
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Nov 18, 2013
Which way again?
All these stories about stuck ropes and leading on accessory cord are making me feel pretty sage about my decision to use a serviceable cord as a second rope. Even leading on my single newish 7.8 half rope seems like a Mensa move compared to climbing on a non dynamic rope for any reason.

Fatties rule. Enjoying my Sterling 10.1s but will be purchasing more Bluewaters when these start getting worn. The Sterlings seem like they handle well but don't have the five-star sheath quality I'm used to.
Cunning Linguist
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Nov 18, 2013
Climbed Blues Riff in Tuolumne on my 8.1. Jon Hartmann
From Ojai, CA
Joined Feb 3, 2009
1,200 points
Nov 18, 2013
About half way up the East Arete on Illumination R...
Jim Titt wrote:

Yup.. I've led on 7.7 in the alpine. Not exactly comfortable... but it probably would have held
Ben Beckerich
From saint helens, oregon
Joined Jun 24, 2011
266 points
Nov 18, 2013
Once we landed we headed to Font to find a place t...
I believe Chris Sharma red pointed Just Do It on a custom cut BW 8.6mm, which at the time was quite thin, maybe not so much anymore. LeeAB
From ABQ, NM
Joined Aug 3, 2008
10,131 points
Nov 19, 2013
On easy alpine rock 8mm. Wasn't worried about it at all, but belayer should be set up for high friction (see other threads on that topic). Andy P.
From Wisconsin
Joined Apr 20, 2013
57 points
Nov 19, 2013
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I led Wide Country (5.11) on an 8mm. Didn't fall, didn't want to. Mic Fairchild
From Boulder
Joined Jan 14, 2003
401 points
Nov 19, 2013
What a dumb question! I would prefer to trad lead on the skinniest full strength single line they make. If I can afford it. It's easier to lead trad on skinny ropes. Now I lead on nothing fatter than 9.2 sport or trad. Unless it's a freebie fat rope, then I would crag on it and climb on it at the gym. saguaro sandy
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Nov 19, 2013
Which way again?
^^^^Thread ruined. Cunning Linguist
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