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Old 01-16-2008, 10:58 PM
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hoosierdaddy hoosierdaddy is offline
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Static rope

This summer, several of us are going to attempt to find a certain waterfall in the Olympic Mountains in WA. The trip will be nearly all off-trail and quite wild. We expect to have to use rope in a few places, mainly for jumaring, rappelling and hauling, so I’m looking for static rope instead of dynamic.

Weight is a HUGE issue with me, but so is safety. I was wondering if someone could recommend a specific rope brand that is very lightweight while quite strong, the most probable usable length, dry vs. wet, diameter to weight ratio, sheath construction and what general properties I should be looking for when I buy it.
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Old 01-18-2008, 07:46 PM
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Random_Walker Random_Walker is offline
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a quick thoughts..

A thinner diameter rope is not necessarily lighter, just denser.
Dry ropes can be treated on the sheath only or the entire thing.
For my simple scrambling adventures I have been using a 9 mm x 50m (cut it in half) monster rope by Metolius, has a nice feel to it.
My old Beal 9.1 mm static was heavier, stiffer though wore like iron.
Going from a Bluewater 11 mm to a 9 mm rope felt funny in the hand for a while,
(some hardware doesn’t work well with the thinner ropes.)
Like backpacks or boots I like to try on (feel) the rope before purchase.
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Old 03-18-2010, 05:23 PM
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MoondogFiftyfive MoondogFiftyfive is offline
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The only way to get lighter really is to go thinner and to keep the same safety margin you need to go with stronger base material, Dyneema,Spectra or Kevlar.
just out of interest; what did you finally go with??
My scrambling safety rope is a mere 6mm Spectra rope which is a narrow safety margin, only 3:1
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