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Markymark386


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Hi, I just wanna ask if a semi-static rope would be safe to use for top roping? I have read the discussions here about static rope being used in top roping but, I get more confused coz' some would say it will be okay, some it's not. I know about the shock when using static rope, but what I got is a type A semi-static rope.


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Just don't allow slack in the systm and you should be ok.


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You've been (as usual on this site) given bad information. Static ropes are almost the norm in guiding. Not for leading though. I buy the stuff by the spool. A lot of guides do. Statics are just fine for top roping. One of the many reasons we use them for top roping is that they are very durable. During "guide" season here in Joshua Tree we tend to do a lot of classes that are purely top rope setups. It's easy to go through ropes in a season or two. Especially during a busy Spring Break.

What may be of interest are gym ropes. They are between static and dynamic. I just bought a 600 foot spool of the stuff last year. They are ok to lead on, and they tend to be pretty durable. They are not fully static, or fully dynamic. Sterling, New England etc all make them.

I've been using pure statics for years as a guide and never had a problem. There should be no problem unless the belayer and group don't know what they are doing.

Since most the guide schools here only provide shoes, harness, and helmets, we have to provide the rest of the gear. Good ropes are expensive. That's why we use statics and gym ropes. You get the best of both worlds.

Good luck!


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socalclimber wrote:
What may be of interest are gym ropes. They are between static and dynamic. I just bought a 600 foot spool of the stuff last year. They are ok to lead on, and they tend to be pretty durable. They are not fully static, or fully dynamic. Sterling, New England etc all make them.

I was about to recommend the same thing.

They are a bit less stretchy than a standard dynamic rope but are also designed to take the abuse specific to top roping (sheath slippage).

Most rope manufacturers make a gym-specific rope or two.


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Yep, they can be a bit of bitch to buy though. Most of the time the only people buying the ropes are gym owners who buy them by the spool.

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In the gym, sheath slippage, outdoors, sheath wear!


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Belaying someone who outweighs you by a lot will be less comfortable than with a normal dynamic rope, but it'll be perfectly safe.

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Thanks for all your replies...Smile


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http://peakhigh.co.za/tips/climbing-tips/ropes/

You'd need a very bad belayer to get a FF of .3


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socalclimber wrote:
What may be of interest are gym ropes. They are between static and dynamic. I just bought a 600 foot spool of the stuff last year. They are ok to lead on, and they tend to be pretty durable. They are not fully static, or fully dynamic. Sterling, New England etc all make them.

OK to lead on??


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gunkiemike wrote:
socalclimber wrote:
What may be of interest are gym ropes. They are between static and dynamic. I just bought a 600 foot spool of the stuff last year. They are ok to lead on, and they tend to be pretty durable. They are not fully static, or fully dynamic. Sterling, New England etc all make them.

OK to lead on??

Only if you never fall.

Curt


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