Is it safe to top rope belay someone using just a half rope?

Is it safe to top rope belay someone using just a half rope?

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By Dixon Austyn | Aug 7th 2015 |
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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 31st 2015
Hi Dixon, Technically you should be safe doing this. In fact the scenario isn't too dissimilar from brining up two seconds on separate half ropes. However, I wouldn't recommend using a half rope for top roping on a long term basis. Firstly, half ropes are far more stretchy than single ropes so you may find yourself or your partner falling much further than expected. And secondly, the abrasion your rope suffers while top roping is more severe than using it for lead climbing. You might find yourself saving money by buying a cheap, fat single rope than having to replace your half ropes sooner than you'd like. Hope that helps, Dave

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