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Climbing ropes are made to absorb the force of a fall. To absorb the force of a fall, ropes must stretch. The ability of a climbing rope to stretch is called the dynamic quality. Climbing ropes stretch under impact force, but should remain static under a load. The Union Internationale Des Association D'Apinisme (UIAA) provides a testing standard for climbing ropes. To pass the minimum requirements, ropes must not break after 5 test falls with 12 kN impact force. Ropes are made to conform to specifications. Climbing rope test specifications are listed below.

Climbing Rope Testing.  Indicates the type of test performed. There are two types of tests: “single” or “half”.

  1. The "half rope" test is performed using 2.5 meters of climbing rope. A 55 kilogram weight is attached to the rope. The object is dropped 4.8 meters.
  2. The "single rope" test is performed using 2.5 meters of climbing rope. An 80 kilogram object is attached to the rope. The weight is dropped 4.8 meters.

Impact Force.  This is the amount of force a climbing rope is able to absorb. high numbers indicate more force is transferred to the climber. Low numbers indicate better performance. The highest acceptable impact force is 8 kN for the half rope test and 12 kN for a single rope test.

Elongation.  This defines the dynamic qualities of the climbing rope. Elongation is the length a climbing rope will stretch. It is expressed as a percentage. The test is performed by attaching an 80 kilogram object to the rope. The rope’s length is measured with the object attached. The maximum elongation for single ropes is 8%. The maximum elongation for half ropes is 10%.

Number of Falls.  This test is performed by attaching an 80 kilogram object to a climbing rope. The rope is 2.8 meters long. The object is dropped 5 meters. This test is repeated until the climbing rope breaks. Ropes must survive 5 falls to pass the test.

Usage.  The type of climbing. Different types of climbing require different characteristics in the rope.

Weight per meter.  Weight in grams for a meter of climbing rope.

Center Marked.  This is listed as “yes” or “no”. Some climbing ropes mark the center.

Length.  Measured in meters.

Thickness.  Measured in millimeters.

Water Resistance.  characteristics of a climbing rope to repel water.

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Paracord 850 Lb. 100ft (Black) Mold, Mildew, and UV Resistant. Average Test Strength @ 855.8 Made in the USA By a Certified Military Contractor.

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Sturdy Indoor/Outdoor Rope Ladder, Maple-wood - Natural Wood- 6'L

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EWIN(R) 10M Static rock rope hiking climbing rope safety 12mm

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Edelweiss Discover 8mm x 30m Super Dry Twin Rope

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The Edelweiss Discover 8mm x 30m Super Dry twin rope is a shorter length rope designed for mountain walking, glacier travel and use during emergencies.

Edelrid Ibex 10mm x 60m Non-Dry Rope

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The Edelrid Ibex 10mm x 60m non-dry rope offers great handling and durability at an excellent value. Whether you're a beginner climber or a seasoned pro, the Ibex is an excellent choice.

Beal Edlinger Climbing Rope - 10.2mm

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9.2 Revelation Protect Climbing Rope

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A top-class single rope! Its small diameter and low weight provide optimum handling when climbing and belaying. Protect ropes offer increased performance, perfect handling and greater durability for both outdoor and indoor climbing.

Edelrid Boa DuoTec Bi-Color 9.8mm x 60m Non-Dry Rope

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9.8 Eternity Protect Climbing Rope

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Beal Tiger Unicore Dry Cover Climbing Rope - 10mm

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The 10mm Beal Tiger Unicore Dry Cover Climbing Rope is a textbook example of a true all-around performance cord. The 10mm diameter is easy to clip and is ideal for auto-locking belay devices, making it perfect for sessions at the sport crag or climbing gym. Not only is it great in the summer months,...

Beal Joker Unicore Dry Cover Climbing Rope - 9.1mm

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Thanks to its skinny 9. 1 diameter, low weight, and advanced dry treatments, the Beal Joker Unicore Dry Cover Climbing Rope is as equally suited to difficult sport routes as it is to soaking-wet alpine excursions. The Unicore construction eliminates sheath slippage, and the Dry Cover sheath treatment...

9.8 Eternity Dry Climbing Rope

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Beal Top Gun II Unicore Dry Cover Climbing Rope - 10.5mm

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9.2 Revelation Dry Climbing Rope

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Sterling Rope Evolution Duetto Dry Rope

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New England Alex Honnold Signature Bi-Pattern Glider 9.9mm x 70m Dry Rope

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Soozier 1.5" Undulation Strength Training Battle/Climbing Rope - Black

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Sterling Rope Evolution Velocity Climbing Rope

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