/ Single rope used as a double

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Imranolas - on 25 Jun 2012
I'm doing a couple of routes this weekend that I would like to lead with doubles, however I only have a single rope. If I was to supplement my single with a half rope rather than use a pair of halves, would that be very bad?

Thanks in advance.
William Robertson - on 25 Jun 2012
In reply to Imranolas:

I did this for years without incident but no doubt some SPSA expert will tell you it isn't safe because you need a different belay device for different diameter ropes. Just use a waist belay instead like we used to do.
Monk - on 25 Jun 2012
In reply to Imranolas:

It'll be absolutely fine. If the routes are short, you could just tie into both ends of your single and not bother with another rope.
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jkarran - on 25 Jun 2012
In reply to Imranolas:

Generally it works fine. Significantly mismatched pairs can be harder to belay with so you might do better to simply fold your half rope and tie into both ends for <25/30m (typical British) pitches.

jk

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