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Single half rope


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Jake wander · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2014 · Points: 185

Has anyone seen any real data that supports the use of a single half rope for scrambling routes/glacier travel?

I'd like to use one on easier but icy and exposed scrambles that will be simul climbed. 

Falls wouldn't be expected and wouldn't be vertical like a real climbing fall. It would just prevent catastrophe.  I would expect fall forces to be much lower but not Sure if there is anything beyond theories out there. Would be happy to see any info

eli poss · · Durango, Co · Joined May 2014 · Points: 487

Yeah you'll be fine, as long as you use pro between you and the other climber. Up until recently half ropes weren't also rated as singles because material technology wasn't as good and making a rope that could meet the requirements for a single rope would defeat the purpose of a half rope. It would have to be too heavy to make half ropes worth it because the single rope uses a 80kg mass as opposed to the 55kg mass for halves.

Now don't go whipping all over the place and definitely make sure your rope doesn't get loaded over any sharp edges or anything else that could cut that dental floss, but otherwise you'll be fine

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