Knots & Ropes for Climbers (Outdoor and Nature) by Duane Raleigh

By Duane Raleigh

1998 nationwide outside ebook Award winner. how you can tie 35 mountain climbing knots: step by step illustrations, easy-to-follow instructions, while to exploit and never to exploit, and specialist suggestion on choice and care of ropes.

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The braid will keep the rope from tangling or getting damaged in the wash. Next, drop the rope in a washing machine. If you Electrician's Braid. Page 72 suspect that the previous load contained rope-eating bleach (always the case at a Laundromat), run the machine through a rinse cycle before washing the rope. Set the machine to delicate cycle and cold water (hot water will shrink the rope). Add a gentle soap, such as Ivory Snow. Do not use a detergent, which will strip the rope of its necessary oils (detergents always say "detergent" on the label).

You'll find double ropes in the 8- to 9-millimeter range. Double ropes are ideal for ice, alpine, and Page 64 SINGLE ROPE 1/2 mountaineering, where you typically need two ropes to rappel the route and carrying two heavy single ropes doesn't make sense. Double ropes are also popular for climbs with loose or sharp rock, where the risk of cutting a rope is high. All double ropes have the number 1/2, surrounded by a circle, on the rope's whipped ends. Twin ropes are the most dysfunctional of the lot, and I've never been able to rationalize a place for them.

Shorter ropes just don't reach the belay or lowering anchors. Fifty-five-meter ropes are also more efficient, as they let you skip belay stations and run pitches together, eliminating belay changeover, saving time. If the descent requires rappeling, 55-meter ropes get down in fewer rappels. And as ropes frequently wear the worst near the ends, when the ends of a 55-meter rope wear out, you can trim them off and still have a functional 50-meter rope. Keep in mind, however, that trimming the ends doesn't mean you have a new ropethe middle section you're still using has already held a number of falls.

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