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Unknownsld


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I recently bought 100' of Poly D-Braid, 5/16" rope from walmart. Yes, I know walmart is not the best choice to get rope but I bought it for another purpose. It has been many years since I have been rappelling. But my question is, would this rope be decent enough to rappel with? It is said to be able to hold 150 lbs.


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A chimpanzee typing random letters on a keyboard could compose a better troll than this.


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Ok, I don't know what trolling is but I am being serious. If you would like I can post a picture of me holding the rope to prove I am not bullshitting you. I have not been rappelling since I served in the Army, so any help would be nice, thanks.


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Unknownsld wrote:
It is said to be able to hold 150 lbs.
Are you heavier than 150lbs?


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Unknownsld wrote:
I recently bought 100' of Poly D-Braid, 5/16" rope from walmart. Yes, I know walmart is not the best choice to get rope but I bought it for another purpose. It has been many years since I have been rappelling. But my question is, would this rope be decent enough to rappel with? It is said to be able to hold 150 lbs.


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I am approximately 160 lbs. If you are wondering, I live in Florida so we do not have cliffs. However we do have steep hills near rivers so I was going to use that to reacquaint myself with the basics to rappelling until I can afford to get the proper ropes and money to go to the mountains for real rock climbing and rappelling.


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Sure




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sbaclimber wrote:
Unknownsld wrote:
It is said to be able to hold 150 lbs.
Are you heavier than 150lbs?

And we have a winner!


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Unknownsld wrote:
It is said to be able to hold 150 lbs.
Unknownsld wrote:
I am approximately 160 lbs.
I think you just answered your own question... Wink


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Return the rope to Wal-Mart, save your money for good climbing ropes . . . stay alive.


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Can you swim?


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donwanadi wrote:
Can you swim?
or fly?


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don't use it or you are going to "DIE", there it has been said.

But for real don't use it. You say it is rated for 150 and you weight 160. When you rappel you will put more force on it than 160, it could easly get over 300.


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Go for it man You will be fine


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sbaclimber wrote:
Unknownsld wrote:
It is said to be able to hold 150 lbs.
Unknownsld wrote:
I am approximately 160 lbs.
I think you just answered your own question... Wink

But obviously the OP is not stupid. If he wants to retrieve his rope after rapelling, he will be doubling it up and using two strands, so the practical rope strength is actually 300 lbs. This gives him a 140 lb safety margin.


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Unknownsld wrote:
However we do have steep hills near rivers...

Go for it man! Probably soak the rope in the river first to increase strength.


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Yes, I can swim and yes I had thought about doubling it up. I never planned on using it to rappel a 90 degree drop as we do not have those here in the flat lands of Florida. More than likely it would be something more along the lines of a 60 degree slope. As far as returning the rope, I actually do need it for a few other things so I won't be able to return it.


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If you do go for it, remember the video!


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Reminds me of the youtube of the kid rappelling off of a train trestle on a clothesline and home-made harness.

Yeah, go for it Sly


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Rudmin wrote:
sbaclimber wrote:
Unknownsld wrote:
It is said to be able to hold 150 lbs.
Unknownsld wrote:
I am approximately 160 lbs.
I think you just answered your own question... Wink

But obviously the OP is not stupid. If he wants to retrieve his rope after rapelling, he will be doubling it up and using two strands, so the practical rope strength is actually 300 lbs. This gives him a 140 lb safety margin.
Actually the quoted figure its the ropes Safe Working Load which is normally 20% of the breaking strength. So he has a 1340 lb. safety margin. :)


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Hey folks, maybe this guy really wants to rappell down some steep hills?

S-L-D, I'm guessing that you can climb these hills, or maybe hike around them? You can rappell from the top with your green rope.

The instructions are at Traditional Mountaineering: What is a Dulfersitz.. In English: "body rappell".

Look at the picture below the description: that is exactly what you do. Notice, it looks like two ropes, but it's only one, doubled, with the center-point hanging from the anchor. That means, your 100-foot rope is good for 50 feet of down-hill.

The top anchor can be wrapped around a sturdy tree or two, but it's much better to use a sling for that.

You don't need climbing harness or boots, but you do need long pants! Jeans are good. Without the sturdy fabric, you'll tear the skin around your legs.

I've done it this way a few times, but not in the mountains. On grassy, wooded, or rocky hills that are too steep or unstable to climb down on safely, this lets you keep your feet where they belong.


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