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jberk


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Hey I am pretty new to climbing but I see a bunch of people with rope bags that turn into a tarp on the ground so the rope stays clean. Is this really necessary? Should I just buy a cheep tarp at the home depot?


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jberk wrote:
Hey I am pretty new to climbing but I see a bunch of people with rope bags that turn into a tarp on the ground so the rope stays clean. Is this really necessary? Should I just buy a cheep tarp at the home depot?

buy a military duffel bag off ebay. its heavy duty and most come with straps and generally waterproof.


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majid_sabet wrote:
jberk wrote:
Hey I am pretty new to climbing but I see a bunch of people with rope bags that turn into a tarp on the ground so the rope stays clean. Is this really necessary? Should I just buy a cheep tarp at the home depot?

buy a military duffel bag off ebay. its heavy duty and most come with straps and generally waterproof.

Thats what I currently have. Ive been seeing rope bags that expand into a tarp for the ground so that while someone is belaying the rope lays on the tarp as opposed to the ground. Is this necessary?


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jberk wrote:
majid_sabet wrote:
jberk wrote:
Hey I am pretty new to climbing but I see a bunch of people with rope bags that turn into a tarp on the ground so the rope stays clean. Is this really necessary? Should I just buy a cheep tarp at the home depot?

buy a military duffel bag off ebay. its heavy duty and most come with straps and generally waterproof.

Thats what I currently have. Ive been seeing rope bags that expand into a tarp for the ground so that while someone is belaying the rope lays on the tarp as opposed to the ground. Is this necessary?

the rope bag/tarp things are over priced and i generally just use small nylon tarp


dagibbs


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jberk wrote:
majid_sabet wrote:
jberk wrote:
Hey I am pretty new to climbing but I see a bunch of people with rope bags that turn into a tarp on the ground so the rope stays clean. Is this really necessary? Should I just buy a cheep tarp at the home depot?

buy a military duffel bag off ebay. its heavy duty and most come with straps and generally waterproof.

Thats what I currently have. Ive been seeing rope bags that expand into a tarp for the ground so that while someone is belaying the rope lays on the tarp as opposed to the ground. Is this necessary?

It isn't necessary, but it can be convenient.

If the ground is wet, or has lots of loose, especially loose & fine dust/sand, then it is a generally good idea to try and keep your rope (and other gear) away from it. A tarp is useful for this, but it doesn't have to be one built into your rope bag.

But, none of that is necessary. Lots of people coil their rope, and carry it strapped over their backup, and throw it on the rock/ground when they get there.


UpToTheOzone


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It will help keep the rope clean, especially if there is mud or crud on the ground. A tarp is fine, I used one for a couple years before buying a rope that included a ropebag. Paying $40 is ridiculous when a $5 tarp will suffice. On multipitch routes you will have to skip the rope bag anyways


gosharks


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jberk wrote:
Hey I am pretty new to climbing but I see a bunch of people with rope bags that turn into a tarp on the ground so the rope stays clean. Is this really necessary? Should I just buy a cheep tarp at the home depot?
Necessary? No. But highly convenient. I never have to flake my rope out and also keeps it out of the dirt/mud. Packing up is also a simple 30s affair instead of having to stand there doing a butterfly coil.


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Expensive rope bags are for suckas! A small, 6x8 tarp at REI costs $3-5.

If you want a bag for jumping from route to route at the crag, the Ikea shopping bag is the bomb.




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kpb wrote:
Expensive rope bags are for suckas! A small, 6x8 tarp at REI costs $3-5.

If you want a bag for jumping from route to route at the crag, the Ikea shopping bag is the bomb.

[image]http://www.climbingzine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/ikeabag-300x199.jpg[/image]

Ikea bags are great until the rope coils around the straps and makes a big mess. Plus the dust stays in.

I like rope bags:
no coiling (Coiling 60 m+ ropes is a bitch)
easy end finding
(Tip: if you always tie the top end to the bag with an overhand and the bottom with a fig8 you NEVER have to search for your rope end to start climbing...)
Your rope lives longer (less dirt )

I think you could spend your money on worse things than on a good rope bag. But its not necessary.


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ChaseLeoncini


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Buying a rope bag can be expensive and there are much cheaper ways of keeping your rope clean and away from things that can hurt it as some have said above. But, if you are looking for a good name brand i personally like the Elderid Caddy Bag.
The rope sits in the middle of the bag and the tarp opens up around it. When your finished, pull up all corners of the tarp and the rope just slides in.
The tarp is about 6x6 too. Which is nice.


moose_droppings


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An old nylon backpack can be had for a song and hardly weighs anything, toss in a small tarp and your good to go for cragging. Pull the pack by itself out of your pocket on multipitch for flaking the rope into. Beats stacking the rope sometimes.


bearbreeder


Jun 9, 2013, 7:54 AM
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iknowfear wrote:

Ikea bags are great until the rope coils around the straps and makes a big mess. Plus the dust stays in.

flake it properly into he bag and it wont catch on the straps

as to dirt IME its more likely that dirt will get kicked onto the tarp than a bag with walls

if dirt does get in ... just shake the bag out and re flake the rope into the bag ...

Wink


walkonyourhands


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bearbreeder wrote:
iknowfear wrote:

Ikea bags are great until the rope coils around the straps and makes a big mess. Plus the dust stays in.

flake it properly into he bag and it wont catch on the straps

as to dirt IME its more likely that dirt will get kicked onto the tarp than a bag with walls

if dirt does get in ... just shake the bag out and re flake the rope into the bag ...

Wink

its that easy Tongue


Syd


Jun 9, 2013, 3:44 PM
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I bought a rope here and was surprised that they included a rope bag with built-in tarp free.
http://www.sierratradingpost.com/climbing-ropes~d~191/


jberk


Jun 9, 2013, 8:31 PM
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Thanks!! Just picked one up.


iknowfear


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bearbreeder wrote:
iknowfear wrote:

Ikea bags are great until the rope coils around the straps and makes a big mess. Plus the dust stays in.

flake it properly into he bag and it wont catch on the straps

as to dirt IME its more likely that dirt will get kicked onto the tarp than a bag with walls

if dirt does get in ... just shake the bag out and re flake the rope into the bag ...

Wink

If I wanted to flake my rope, I would not get a rope bag...
(yes, I'm THAT lazy)


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