3Deserts wrote:Okay, lot of emphasis on rope length relative to rappels. I get that.
It seems though that if one is willing to forego rappels, and downclimb, then the 30-35m ropes might suffice. No?
Oh, also, RickF brought up the issue of thin ropes not working so well with belay devices. The two times I briefly used a thin single through a device, or as a munther, I thought it was fine, but these were also on relatively low angle snow slopes where stress levels were low.
Anyone have problems using these thin ropes through belay devices up high?
I think USUALLY 30 M 8mm rope is enough. Especially if one can down-climb some of the exposed terrain. If one needs a 60 you can actually bring the 30M rope and 30M of pull cord. Really gets the weight down, but you need to know how to use it. There was an accident not too long ago when a climber in Yosemite died because he did not set it up correctly.
If your goal is to rap U notch or the Nose 30M will not work. If you need it for a small rap or to protect an exposed section somewhere it will usually work fine.