|Typical Rope Mismanagement|
First a little history on the rope manufacturing process and some info on modern rope construction. Before we had nylon ropes we had manilla or hemp. Generally these came in 120 foot lengths and were tied around the waist as modern harnesses did not exist. During this period the mentality that "the leader must not fall" was more about self preservation than style. Ropes could rot on the inside and break with very little force. Obviously we've come a long ways since then. Shortly after WWII nylon started to be used for ropes and while tied webbing harnesses were more commonly in use the level of safety increased drastically with the production of Goldline, a twisted nylon rope. Twisted ropes differ from braided ropes in that fibers of material are twisted into yarns which are twisted around each other in the opposite direction to get strands, which are again twisted around each other to get the final rope. While these ropes were a step forward, being stronger and lighter they were still not on par with what modern climbers are used to. Goldline and other rope brands were extremely stretchy and while most of them were around 120 feet in length and about 9-11mm in thickness there were some with the, then controversial, 150 foot lengths. These ropes had terrible handling characteristics as they were very stiff and twisted easily. This twist would try to come undone when the rope was weighted, thereby spinning the climber around.
|Typical Rope Deconstructed|
|The Guts of A Rope|
|Mammut Galaxy||10mm||66g/M||7 Falls|
|Beal Flyer II||10.2mm||64g/M||11 Falls|
|Edelweiss Onsight||9.9mm||64g/M||8 Falls||$259.95 (70M DRY)|
|Maxim Glider||9.9mm||63g/M||7 Falls||$196.00 (70M DRY)|