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Sep 21, 2013
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Stupid question but wanted to start doing solo TR and thinking that on a lot of routes rope abrasion is a concern. Because of this (and for conventional TR) looking to buy a static rope, however it's unclear which static ropes are good for this application? I'm probably missing something, any guidance would be appreciated. Specifically would this rope 'work?'

From Red Hook, New York
Joined Apr 1, 2012
288 points
Sep 21, 2013
I just extend my anchors and protect the edge if im worried about abraision (i use my dynamic rope). Also, I use the microtraxion, and I think the 10.5 might not run as smoothly in it. you probably dont need to go out and buy another rope just to solo. H..
From Washingtonville NY
Joined Apr 9, 2012
50 points
Sep 21, 2013
ANY staic rope would be sufficient for your aplication, just extend it over the edge and protect it. Instead of buying a 50-60m static, try to buy off of a spool like in the pic. I use a static for the anchor and dynamic to climb, never had a problem. mitchy
From nunya gotdamn business.
Joined Aug 29, 2009
16 points
Sep 21, 2013
Anything will work really.

I use a 10mm (actually it's in imperial units, 3/8 I think),and have used 7/16, but have also used old retired lead lines plenty (more than the statics actually).

Pad the edge or use a rope protector sleeve (commercial ones available, but you can easily take a little section of garden hose, split it open, tie a loop of prussik cord through a little hole in one end, and attach that way like a prussik). Even with static, you'll get less bouncing and "sawing" action, but still pad the edge...extra 10seconds is worth it to make the rope last longer, especially if you're buying a new rope specifically for that application.

Will S
From Joshua Tree
Joined Nov 15, 2006
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Sep 21, 2013
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From Yucca Valley, CA
Joined Oct 13, 2002
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Sep 21, 2013
Unclear whether OP is asking about anchor rope or climbing rope. Always better to select static where anchor is concerned, but I believe he was asking about the climbing end.

Stick with your normal rope for this, assuming you can build a reasonably "non-dynamic" anchor. I've been using a Soloist forever to TR with no abrasion issues (I tie a Fig 8 in the top and use one strand as rap line, one as climb line)

I don't use my lead lines however, just an older dedicated TR line.
Mark Pilate
Joined Jun 25, 2013
11 points
Sep 21, 2013
You dont need static .... Use an older rope

And if i want to be bery bery bery "safe" .. Fold it in half into 2 independant linea and use an ascender on each as per the petzl doumentation

Joined Mar 1, 2009
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Sep 21, 2013
Bearbreeder - Are you actually agreeing with me?? now I gotta rethink my position :b Mark Pilate
Joined Jun 25, 2013
11 points
Sep 21, 2013
I use a 10.5 Edelwiess Canyoneering rope for TR solo with microtraxion. Works great and runs smoothly. I prefer static line. You can get off-cuts of good static line on fleabay pretty reasonably.

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