/ talking climbing ropes
I think they were invented by an ex member of our club. I can enquire if you'd like.
As I recall they were low stretch, almost static in construction. The main use was in caving (caving rescue), were radio signals don't travel to well. They were usually a bright colour, somthing like orange, as that stood out better in a cave.
Perhaps I just dreamt about it as well.
I seem to remember that they featured on Tomorrow's World as an aid to climbing for the blind.
I understand that they are being developed by TomTom with full beta: 'go left at the overlap, reach up 2' for a blind crimp, move your left foot higher...' etc.
> I understand that they are being developed by TomTom with full beta....
fantastic, where can I buy one? can they install the software into my chalkbag too, for bouldering?
It'd be worrying when they started insistently telling you "Make a U turn, make a U turn" Or perhaps they would develop a cruel sense of humour "I told you to extend that runner under the overlap, you're not going anywhere now!" ...if you are climbing on double talking ropes they might even start arguing amongst themselves "Bear left into the groove" "No, go straight up the wall" - in frustration you might just end up untying and soloing!
You basically had a battery pack on a lanyard and a microphone/earpiece that velcroed to the inside of your helmet. This plugged into the end of the rope through the middle of which was a tightly coiled cable so that it could "stretch" with the rope in the event of a fall - this was "tested" by Ray.
The rope was orange if I remember correctly and felt pretty much like a normal 11mm.
On Malbogies it was great as you could easily hear each other over the noise of the traffic. Ray had also used it on sea cliffs.
Yes; it was made by the German rope company Elite, who I think were based in Fussen. They were taken over a long time ago - best bet/recollection is by Mammut. As you say the rope was a full weight (or to be pedantic, extra full weight) 11mm, or possibly 11.5mm. The Tomorrow's World thing was shot at The Roaches, probably on the easier route just right of The Sloth; I think people from Jo Royle's were involved. As a point of interest one of Ray's sons - Ian Dring, I think - was one of the first Brits, or possibly THE first, to do Pacific Ocean on El Cap (in about 1981).
From what I recall Ray said he did Mescalito as well, which would have been a pretty big deal back then.
I'm pretty sure 'Crusher' Bartlett pipped Ian... http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q280/crusherbartlett/PObed.jpg
...and some other punter made it up before both of them. http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=60799
Ah Duncan; I'd forgotten about you! Did you do both in 1982? I thought that Miss Bradey had done Mescalito around that time, and I thought it was with Mr Monks. Didn't know - or more likely forgotten - that she'd done PO as well. Have further searched my memory. Ray told me what Ian had been up to in the course of a January CC skiing trip; I was thinking it was 1982 and he was referring to the previous year, but it was actually 1983 - so 1982 Yosemite. When did Mr Bartlett do PO? And with whom? (I recall reading some account or extract, but can't remember the details.)
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