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Topic - Combining half and twin ropes on easy climbs

BnB - on 08 Apr 2013
Expert opinions welcomed:

I have a 30m dynamic twin scrambling rope (for safeguarding my kids on scrambles) and a 30m half (carried as a safety backup when soloing snow/ice).

As a means of saving and distributing weight between climbers, not to mention avoiding the cost of a new rope, I'd like to know if combining the two can work effectively.

When looking to protect short, hard scrambles (say Mod - Diff) which is the best option (as an alternative to taking a 50m half rope doubled over into two 25m halves)?

For longer pitches (15 -30m)

a) climb on both as half ropes clipped alternately/separately
b) climb on both as twin ropes clipped together in each runner

I'm interested to know if there is any (safety) downside to combining the two types other than the differential stretch.

For short pitches (5-15m)

c) climb on the half rope doubled over
d) climb on the twin rope doubled over

Any dangers inherent in doubling a rope to halve its length?
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