CSUMarmot wrote:MoapaPk wrote:As a total non-climber who has done 5.8 on a dare, here is my perspective:
It's good to go with other folks. Often you will end up leading, unprotected, on short technical pitches. A "rope" (OK,. maybe 15mm webbing) is extremely valuable on the way down. Run with it. It's amazing the number of times that webbing/rope have saved my ass.
But how do you use the rope, going up or coming down? I'm not saying I'm against usuing a rope, I just wonder how you use it when theres nothing to clip into.
depends on climbing partners. a leader, can hip belay a second or third through some short sections. The rope can be tied around ones waist,( like the old days), Not a great practice, but it works for some sketchy spots. Or in more cases on the decent which is always more difficult. Also you can set up a rap, station, by rapping the cord around a flake , tree, or snow anchor, and just use it to grab on to, if need be. A lot of times having and using a rope is nothing more than a physiological benefit for you or your teammates.