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Jun 14, 2013, 1:49 PM

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Re: [cmn003] Single vs Multi-Pitch ?'s
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In relation to what Keegan was saying, when multi-pitching it isnt just about height.

Picture this, you climb up 75 feet and there is no where to go but right. If you travel 30 feet right and then continue up again your rope will be zig-zagging through draws and it will be very difficult to continue (called "rope drag").
To avoid rope drag you would set your anchor before the "traverse" (part where you went right) an bring up your second (partner).
So, even though you have a 200 foot rope, your first pitch was only 75 feet.
Now let's say your next pitch goes straight up to the summit 200 feet higher and theres no where to anchor in between. You climb to the summit and bring up your buddy. But now how do you get down? Your rope length is now halved when you rappel leaving 100 feet of air between the tips of your rope and the only anchor. You would need two ropes or a 400 foot one.
For single pitch routes, to determine max height, it would depend on your plan. If youre to bring someone up and walk off you could climb the full length of your rope. But, if you wanted to rappel or TR from it your max would be half the length of your rope.

i would definitely insist that you study more about climbing or seek a more experienced person to help you out. You might be able to learn from the internet but it will take you a long long time to get the answer youre looking for.

(This post was edited by ChaseLeoncini on Jun 14, 2013, 1:53 PM)

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