Sep 7, 2012, 1:23 PM
Registered: Nov 5, 2007
Climbing with half ropes has a pretty steep learning curve at first. Twin ropes are not as bad, but halves can really suck until you get it down. If you are using half ropes, stack the ropes separately. Put one stack on your left leg or on the left side of the anchor, and the other on your right leg or the right side of the anchor. If you are using twin ropes, you can stack them together just like a single rope, but you have to use greater care to ensure that the strands do not hang down and get caught on a flake or something. Also, if you are climbing steep routes with minimal large features on the rock, make BIG loops when stacking the rope on your leg. Start with 25' loops and go progressively smaller (25',23',21', ect). It is very important that every sequential loop is progressively smaller than the last, otherwise when you pull the rope up to feed out to the leader, you are going to pull up multiple loops of rope and they are going to get tangled.
(This post was edited by USnavy on Sep 7, 2012, 1:24 PM)