Static Rope....Cut it up or no?


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Tim Lau · · Hendersonville, NC · Joined Jul 2016 · Points: 0

I bought one of Sterling Ropes deals on shorter length static ropes and am wondering what the best plan is for it. It's a 39m/128ft length right now.

I plan on using it for building TR anchors primarily. If that's the case, should I cut it up into a couple shorter lengths now? cut as needed on site? or keep it whole?

If I keep it whole, I could potentially use it for shorter rappels, TR solo, fixed lines, etc.

As a newb, I'm still learning what I want/need/ought to have. Help a brother out...cut it or keep it as is?

Faulted Geologist · · Lawrence, KS · Joined Jan 2015 · Points: 8

What diameter is the rope? If u don't know, look to see if there are markings on the end of the rope shrinkwrap. It would be great for short TR, 50-55' climbs. Plenty of that around.

FrankPS · · Atascadero, CA · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 15

In my 18 years of climbing, I've never found a need for a static rope. I'm sure you'll find some use for it, though.

Have fun and stay safe.

Tristan Higbee · · Ogden, UT · Joined Mar 2008 · Points: 2,650

I'd say don't cut it until you need to. Like you said, there are more uses for a longer rope than a couple of shorter ones. I can't think of too many anchors that you would need two or three separate pieces of static rope for and that a single, longer static rope wouldn't be sufficient for. If you find yourself needing to cut it down the road, go for it, but no reason to do that until you really need to.

So yeah, my vote is to keep it whole.

Tim Lau · · Hendersonville, NC · Joined Jul 2016 · Points: 0
Faulted Geologist wrote:What diameter is the rope? If u don't know, look to see if there are markings on the end of the rope shrinkwrap. It would be great for short TR, 50-55' climbs. Plenty of that around.
It's 9mm.
Phil Sakievich · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2014 · Points: 30

Can't imagine using a static line that is shorter than 40m for pretty much anything except the occasional canyoneering trip. But a 40mX9mm is a great size for canyoneering as is. You can build TR anchors with chord which is cheaper and just as good. Keep it whole so you can TR with it and use it for canyons.

Alexander K · · The road · Joined Oct 2014 · Points: 45

Go to an ice park, anchor off of trees 30 feet back from the cliff. Then you will be really stoked to have a long static line.

keithconn · · LI, NY · Joined Jan 2015 · Points: 0

Don't cut. Use for toprope anchors. You'll be glad you have it.

JRZane · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2015 · Points: 0

I agree with the use as TR anchor. Some places (like Peterskill (Gunks)) either need gear anchors or long static line. a bowline, a couple alpine butterflies, then over to a clove, and done. now 128ft may be a little long for most applications. I think id cut it 80ft/40ft.

eli poss · · Durango, Co · Joined May 2014 · Points: 136

I'd keep it as is for TRing trees or boulders set back from the cliff. You could use for TR solo, just make sure whatever you use feeds smoothly because you can't let any slack build up, especially on a static rope. I personally prefer a dynamic rope for TR solo, but some people use static.

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