Rope Talk: Why use double ropes?
Today CEO and Womenclimb Founder, Emily Pitts, talks double ropes, and specifically why she uses them: “What’s the point of half ropes, I don’t understand!” This is something I hear regularly, so for anyone not sure or wanting to check some of the reasons for using half ropes rather than a single rope, then hopefully this will shed some light on some on the pros, cons and considerations:
Pros Reduce rope drag Most climbing routes aren’t straight. Because of this, it’s easier and safer to protect the route using two half ropes. With two ropes, you can clip protection on one side with one rope and on the other side, the other rope. This means that the ropes can run nice and straight. This reduces the chances of your rope dragging your gear out due to tension as you move up your route. As you can see in the photo below, the gear placements sit to either side of the climber and the route winds across.... Continue Reading at Women Climb