Is it more comfortable to fall on a thinner rope or a thicker rope?

Is it more comfortable to fall on a thinner rope or a thicker rope?

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By Emil Brant | Jul 29th 2015 |
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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 31st 2015
Hi Emil, Usually you will find that thinner ropes have more capacity to stretch. During falls that are approaching factor 1 or above, this stretch can be very beneficial, putting less load on anchors and runners. However, if you have a competent belayer, and there is enough rope in the system, even the thickest ropes can still have enough stretch to allow for a comfortable fall. Hope that helps, Dave

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