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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 31st 2015
Hi Kendra, Many companies make rope protectors for just this eventuality. Here is one such example from edelrid: http://www.edelrid.de/en/work-safety/protector-iii-oasis.html But there are many more out there. If you don't fancy forking out for a bit of tarpaulin, then a common work around is to place your rucksack underneath the rope at the point that it is running over the edge. Clipping the hip and chest straps around the rope can help to keep it in place. Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
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Aug 31st 2015
Hi Hasse, An overhand is a fast and safe way to attach two ropes together. It is recommended that when using this method, you should leave a long tail so that there is no chance of the knot pulling undone. Many of my climbing friends use this knot on their prusik loops, I however, still stick with a double fisherman's. This is mostly out of habit, and if I had to tie a loop of rope together quickly, while out climbing, I wouldn't hesitate to use an overhand.... (more)

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Dave Thexton's picture
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Aug 31st 2015
Hi Joan, The best way to do this is by feeding the rope between your fingers. Look out for soft, spongy sections or where the rope has started to feel flat from repeated falls. Also look out for stiff, hard sections, this could be an indication that the core has become knotted inside the sheath or otherwise has undergone some sort of chemical damage. Either one of these abnormalities could be a sign of core damage and you might have to consider retiring that rope. Even if there are no visual markers on the sheath you should still check your rope for damage regularly.... (more)

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Dave Thexton's picture
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Aug 25th 2015
Hi Tómas, The weight reduction is probably the main reason you would want to buy a thinner rope. On long, hard sport routes or on alpine routes, a lighter rope can be a huge advantage. There is no significant reduction of strength although a thinner rope probably won't be rated to as many falls. The only other advantage we can think of is the extra suppleness of a thinner ropes, meaning they might be easier to tie knots in. Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 25th 2015
Hi Laurelle, As with all climbing equipment, if used incorrectly, it may get damaged. The sharp teeth of the tibloc have been known to shred the sheath of a rope but if you take a small moment to ensure that the tibloc is gripping the rope properly then this is very unlikely to happen. A new version of the tibloc is set to be released next year and this generation of the device is spring loaded to ensure that the rope will always be properly gripped. Hope that helps, Dave

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Silas Russell's picture
Aug 25th 2015
Hey Panu, It's probably no substitute for buying a properly dry treated rope but here is a product from nik wax: http://www.nikwax.com/en-gb/products/productdetail.php?productid=22

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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 25th 2015
Hi Shannon, For abseiling situations a flat over hand knot is both strong enough and is less likely to catch when you try to pull the ropes back down. Make sure you leave plenty of tail on your knot. If you are attaching two ropes in a situation where more force might be placed on the knot, such as when setting up a top rope, then you might consider using a double fisherman's knot or perhaps a Flemish bend. Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
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Aug 25th 2015
Hi Olga, Although making a rope rucksack is very simple, it is quite a difficult technique to describe in words alone. Try watching this helpful video from Climbing magazine to get a better idea of how to do it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppYanQ5DDPM Hope that helps, Dave

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