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Rope Bags

To take care of your new rope, one of the best things to do is get a rope bag. will greatly extend the useful time of your rope. There are many different options and features to suite the different forms of rock climbing found in mountaineering. Sport climbing, technical, competition, big wall all expose your rope to different elements during the approach, and climbing out. During the haul in, using a good bag will protect your rope.

Rope Bag protection

The quality and strength of a rope degrades over time. The amount of useful time you get out of it depends on how well you protect it from the elements. Ultraviolet (UV) light and dirt act to weaken it with prolonged exposure. For example, if you're actually on the rocks for a total cumulative time of 2 hours out of a 6 hour session, there is only the need to have the rope out of the bag for a small percentage of the time. Dust particles and rays can't work their way into the fibers as easily if the rope is enclosed. While a trash bag is better than nothing at all, rope bags have features climbers need to make hauling, hiking, storing the rope much easier. Many of them have tarps that unfold and lay on the ground for uncoiling and tying in. The bag itself may have pockets and gear clips and can serve as haul bag for long hikes into the site. Back straps provide easy carrying to the next site.

Convenience from a Rope Bag

Rope bags make it unnecessary to coil the rope. Lay the rope on the tarp and tie the ends to the rope bag's loops. Loops allow the ends to fasten to the bag to prevent the rope from getting knotted with itself. Just untie one of the ends and pull. The rope comes out of the bag freely and without knots.

What to look for in a rope bag

  • Nylon, Cordura, Durathane, Vinyl-laminated material including various leathers. The wide variety of material types provide advantage for various application or use. All material should be water repellant to keep the rope dry in the bag.
  • Rope bag sizes vary from 3 feet, or 1 meter, to 5 feet, or 1.5 meters.
  • Some rope bags are designed for a specific purpose. "Use" is listed.
  • 14 to 16 ounces (400g - 500g) is typical for a rope bag. Many haul bags can be used for protecting the rope plus carry much more gear. Haul bags are heavier of course. They weigh about 8 pounds.
  • Varies from a year, to lifetime.

Rope Bag Features

Rope bags have features that make it easier and more enjoyable to haul your climbing gear in to the crag.

  1. External Pockets: Give you a place to keep your wallet and keys while hiking in or on the approach to a crag. Many offer zipper enclosures to keep them from falling out; some are internal to the bag.
  2. Padded Straps: Let you carry the rope with less strain on shoulder.
  3. Compression straps cinch the rope into a compact volume.
  4. Zip, string or Velcro bag enclosures help quickly close the rope bag and make it ready for hauling.
KAVU Rope Bag
Options: $24.00 - $99.99
Metolius Ropemaster HC Bag
Options: $39.94 - $39.95
Black Diamond Full Rope Burrito
Rothco Black Stealth Rappelling Bag
Black Diamond Super Chute Rope Bag
Trango Cord Trapper Rope Trap
Weaver Arborist Deluxe Rope Bag
Petzl Bolsa Rope Bag
Options: $37.50 - $39.95
Thorium Slingshot Launcher Arborist Throw Weight Bag Pouch Set Kit - Bright Green 16oz / 450g complete with BONUS 150' / 45m Throw Line Rope
Petzl - BUCKET, Fabric Pack, Remains Upright, 25 Liters
Weaver Leather Throw Weight
Petzl KAB Rope Bag - Blue
Options: $49.95 - $56.25
Metolius Dirt Bag II
Options: $26.96 - $36.00
Ingenuity Outdoor Climbing Rope 10M(32ft) 20M(64ft) 30M (98ft) Static Rock Climbing Rope, Escape Rope Ice Climbing Equipment Fire Rescue Parachute Rope
Rock Climbing Rope, 12mm Diameter Outdoor Hiking Accessories High Strength Cord Safety Rope(10m,32ft)(20m,64ft) (30m,94ft)
Options: $14.99 - $40.99
DMM Classic Rope Bag
Weaver Arborist Rope Washing Bag
Cyfie Gravity Hook Grappling Hook-Black, Stainless Steel Tree Climbing Claw Carabiner with 10m/33ft 8mm Auxiliary Rope, for Outdoor Activity EDC Tool in Your Bug Out Bag
Arc'Teryx Haku Rope Bag
Options: $56.20 - $69.00
BARHAR Rock Climbing Tool Storage Bag, Suit for Quickdraw, Carabiner, Rope, Locks, Shoes, Other Accessories.
Rock-N-Rescue Grand Rope Bag
Options: $34.25 - $46.75
EDELRID - Anniversary DuoTec 9.7mm Dynamic Climbing Rope with Caddy Lite Rope Bag, 60m, Lime
Thorium Multi-layer Outdoor Slingshot Launcher Arborist Throw Weight Bag Pouch - Bright Green 12oz / 340g
Abc Box Rope Bag (Black)
Weaver Arborist Bull Rope Deployment Bag
Nite Ize Reflective Nylon Cord, Woven for High Strength, 50 Feet, Green
Swing Swivel, AusKit Safest Rotational Device Hanging Accessory with 2 Locking Carabiners For Web Tree Swing, Swing Setting, Aerial Dance, Children’s Swing, Hanging Hammock
Weaver Arborist All Purpose Gear Bag
NRS Compact Rescue Throw Bag
DMM Transit Rope Bag
Options: $49.95 - $69.95
GM CLIMBING 3mm Accessory Cord Rope Utility Cord Low Stretch 500Lb Strength for Outdoor Recreation Tent Tarp Hammock Guyline Rigging 3mm (1/8in) Diameter
Nite Ize NCJ2-03-01 CamJam Cord Tightener with Rope, 2-Pack
Professionals Choice Rope Bag Compartments Adjustable Strap Rodeo RB
Options: $50.35 - $62.70
Sterling Rope Rope Tarp Plus with Pocket
Options: $19.95 - $24.05
Petzl - BUCKET rope bag 35 liter
Eternity 9.8mmx60m W / Rope Bag Emerald
Petzl Standard rope bag Black
EDELRID - Anniversary Pro Dry DuoTec 9.7mm Dynamic Climbing Rope with Caddy Lite Rope Bag
Options: $239.95 - $269.95
Summit Treestands Summit Small Utility Bag | Pro Harness Accessory | Carry Binoculars, Climbing Ropes, Hoist Ropes, & Other Gear
MonkeyJack Waterproof Outdoor Rock Climbing Tree Arborist Caving Rope Cord Gear Equipment Ground Sheet Tarp Mat Quick Deploy Bag & Carry Straps
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