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Climbing DL with a 35 Meter Rope


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Mrock87 · · Nashville TN · Joined Oct 2016 · Points: 0

I'm flying into Madison this weekend and am meeting up with a friend who would like to go climbing at Devil's Lake. In the past I've driven up and always brought a 60M rope and I remember that being plenty, to save weight and space I'm thinking of bringing my 35M rope. I think we would be top roping the Railroad Amphitheater and Birthday Rocks, which the guide book says are about 50' so a 35M should be enough. But before I end up buying another 60M at Wildside I figured I'd ask to see if the routes are 50 and under or closer to 55+. I have enough slings and cord to extend an anchor if it comes to that... 

jon jugenheimer · · Madison, WI · Joined Apr 2006 · Points: 2,248

35 meters should be plenty to TR 75% of all routes at the lake. I have only been screwed once or twice with my 35. 

Ted Pinson · · Chicago, IL · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 195

Railroad/Birthday you should be fine.  Stay off the far side of the East Bluff (Hawk’s Nest, Bill’s) though, as there are routes over 100’ there that require a 70 (or some crafty belay shenanigans).  Tie a knot in the belay.

Burton Lindquist · · Madison, WI · Joined Jan 2002 · Points: 3,305

You can always belay from the top if your rope doesn't reach doubled.

Mrock87 · · Nashville TN · Joined Oct 2016 · Points: 0

Awesome, now if the weather would cooperate...

Ted Pinson · · Chicago, IL · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 195

Tell me about it!

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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