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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”.
- 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.
- 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.
Care of Your Climbing Rope
- Do not step on your climbing rope, and don't let anyone else step on it. The abrasion and dirt will weaken the climbing rope.
- Keep your climbing rope dry, even if it is water resistant. They become more susceptible to abrasion when wet. The abrasion causes it to lose strength. You can purchase a water resistant treatment for your climbing rope. Water resistant treatments are sometimes called a "hydrophobic" treatment.
- When you finish climbing, wipe your rope with a moist cloth.
- Store your rope in a cool, dark, and dry location.
- Keep the climbing rope clean. If you need to wash it, use cold water and a rag. Dry it by hanging it on a clothesline.
- Check your rope. Before climbing, look for signs of wear or damage.
BlueWater PreCut Accessory Cord
BlueWater designed the Cordelette 7 mm cord with less stretch and higher strength than a traditional accessory cord.
Fusion Titan Figure 8 Descender, Black, Large
This large figure-8 style descender is an ideal choice because is allows for smooth rope action while descending or belaying. It is light-weight yet strong.
Fusion Optimus Rope Grab, Gold, Small
Sale Price: $17.18
This is a manual rope-grab with a smallere ye. Easy to just press or release to move along. Built for simple yet reliable operation and positioning.
Triple-Wide Climbing Rope Ladder, Maple-wood - Natural Wood- 6'H x 36"W
With not one but three sturdy ladders to climb and conquer, kids can now climb up, across, and diagonally with this Triple-Wide Climbing Rope Ladder. A great outdoor activity for kids, it's sure to be a well-used apparatus whether it's in the backyard or the playroom. Crafted with smoothly...
Sterling Evolution Duetto Alpine Touring 8.4mm x 30m Half Rope
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EDELWEISS Discover 8mm x 30m Super Dry Glacier Rope
The Edelweiss Discover 8mm x 30m Super Dry Glacier Rope is a shorter length twin rope designed for mountain walking, glacier travel and use during emergencies.
Beal Wall Master Unicore Standard Climbing Rope - 10.5mm
Beal specifically designed the 10. 5mm Wall Master Unicore Standard Climbing Rope to withstand the repeated belays, falls, and epic top-roping sessions associated with climbing gyms. The advanced Unicore construction process bonds the sheath to the core to eliminate sheath-slipping and provide enhanced...
Edelrid Boa DuoTec Bi-Color 9.8mm x 60m Non-Dry Rope
Head to the crag for a day of sport or trad climbing with the Edelrid Boa DuoTec 9.8mm x 60m non-dry climbing rope. It's light enough for long approaches and has a supple feel for great handling.
Singing Rock R44 NFPA Static Rope
Route 44 technology developed exclusively by Singing Rock. This unique sheath-braiding technology proves there is a better way to make a rope. Route 44 is the only rope in the world to use this patented technique making the rope more perfectly round and giving the sheath a perfect blend of thickness,...
10.0 Galaxy Classic Climbing Rope
Abrasion resistant and durable single rope for the most demanding requirements! All-around climbers will find the 10.0 Galaxy to be a reliable companion for a variety of vertical activities.
Eliminator 10.2 mm Double-Dry Climbing Rope
Sale Price: $185.95
The BlueWater Eliminator 10.2 mm Double-Dry Climbing Rope features a weight per meter of only 64 grams, a low impact force and low static elongation. The Eliminator has become the choice for the serious climber who wants to shed some weight from traditional 10.5 mm ropes.
Lightning Pro 9.7 mm Standard Climbing Rope
This rope is ideal for sport or extreme alpine climbing. Compare the specs of the Lightning Pro to any similar diameter from others and you'll see the Lightning Pro 9.7 mm Standard Climbing Rope outshines all the rest. Lighter, lower impact force, and super high fall rating for ropes in the sub...
Eliminator 10.2 mm Standard Climbing Rope
The BlueWater Eliminator 10.2 mm Standard Climbing Rope features a weight per meter of only 64 grams, a low impact force and low static elongation. The Eliminator has become the choice for the serious climber who wants to shed some weight from traditional 10.5 mm ropes.
Beal Joker Unicore Dry Cover Climbing Rope - 9.1mm
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...
Beal Tiger Unicore Dry Cover Climbing Rope - 10mm
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 Top Gun II Unicore Dry Cover Climbing Rope - 10.5mm
If you're new to climbing, trusting your life to what looks to you like a shoelace-thin rope can be a bit unnerving. Tie in with the Beal Top Gun II Unicore Dry Cover Climbing Rope for a confidence-inspiring 10. 5mm diameter and a record-setting UI 11 fall rating. Whether it's your first lead,...
Edelrid Raptor Pro DuoTec 9.7mm x 70m Dry Climbing Rope
The Edelrid Raptor Pro Dry DuoTec 9.7mm x 70m Dry Climbing Rope is treated to fend off moisture and dirt for your climbing trips that take you into the alpine.
Edelrid Anniversary 9.7mm Climbing Rope
New for 2014! Edelrid produced this special edition lightweight sport climbing rope to celebrate their 150th anniversary. It represents 150 years of ropemaking experience. And it comes with a complimentary limited edition rope bag. This anniversary edition comes with DuoTec™, a permanent marking...
Soozier 1.5" Undulation Strength Training Battle/Climbing Rope - Black
The Soozier fitness battle rope/climbing rope is perfect for leveling up your strength and cardio. The use of a battle rope to preform undulation exercises has become extremely popular with MMA fighters, football players, boxers, and all kinds of elite athletes looking for an edge. This versatile rope...