/ Longest (sensible) abseil rope length required (uk).

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DubyaJamesDubya - on 14 Sep 2013
I bought a 100m abseil rope, at a very reasonable price (10.5mm 100), from a caving supply company. However having lugged it around Pembroke, a few times, it seems that cutting it down to save weight might be a good option. 60m is the longest ab I've found in Pembroke and I believe 70m would be fine for Gogarth so, before I irrevocably cut that 30m off, can anyone suggest why I might retain anymore of the length?
Jon Stewart - on 14 Sep 2013
In reply to DubyaJamesDubya:

Not sure if 70 is long enough to get down Easter Island Gully and Red Wall.
Liam Ingram - on 14 Sep 2013
In reply to DubyaJamesDubya:

Pabbay and Mingulay! If you've not been before then get yourself there!
johncoxmysteriously - on 14 Sep 2013
In reply to Jon Stewart:

Eh? 50 is fine for Easter Island Gully. The ab's from the top of Supercrack, which is less than a rope length, no?

jcm
johncoxmysteriously - on 14 Sep 2013
In reply to DubyaJamesDubya:

100 is pretty convenient in Lundy for some cliffs (whatever the one with Promised Land on is called, for example). But they are heavy.....

jcm
Jon Stewart - on 14 Sep 2013
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> Eh? 50 is fine for Easter Island Gully. The ab's from the top of Supercrack, which is less than a rope length, no?
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Much easier to ab down in an 80m-ish one-er, that grass is fairly close to vertical.
Nick Russell on 14 Sep 2013
In reply to DubyaJamesDubya:
> can anyone suggest why I might retain anymore of the length?

Lundy (as already suggested). I know that the approach to American Beauty is greatly simplified with a 100m rope, and some others require the extra length.

Some of the Atlantic Coast has some pretty long abseils. I did Mercury Direct this summer, which has a ~90m abseil.
Jonny2vests - on 14 Sep 2013
In reply to DubyaJamesDubya:

Do Mousetrap before you cut it, 90m ish required I think, very comforting to have it there rather than retrieving, which feels quite committing. Not that you can reach it from the route mind.
DubyaJamesDubya - on 14 Sep 2013
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> Do Mousetrap before you cut it, 90m ish required I think, very comforting to have it there rather than retrieving, which feels quite committing. Not that you can reach it from the route mind.

Done that one :-) I can't remember how we got down now (rope-wise that is but it was down a steep slope on the RHS,looking in)
It might be some time before I get to Lundy again so I might chop to 70 or 80m on the basis that it might need replacing by then (or I could borrow one)
johncoxmysteriously - on 14 Sep 2013
In reply to Jon Stewart:

Oh right, you mean abbing down the approach path. Some people do that, I know.

jcm
johncoxmysteriously - on 14 Sep 2013
In reply to Nick Russell:

And indeed it would be useful for America.

jcm
kingholmesy - on 14 Sep 2013
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> And indeed it would be useful for America.
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> jcm

Bit of a pain carrying an ab rope on the traverse in ...
Jonny2vests - on 15 Sep 2013
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> Done that one :-) I can't remember how we got down now (rope-wise that is but it was down a steep slope on the RHS,looking in)

Yeah, that's the one. Fun times.

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Misha - on 16 Sep 2013
In reply to DubyaJamesDubya:
Fair Head - some of the cliffs there are well over 60m and you wouldn't want to find yourself a few metres short... As above, Lundy, bits of Gogarth, Carn Gowla.

If you have an oldish 60m sport rope, you could use that instead of chopping the static - that way next time you do need a 90 or 100m ab rope, you will still have one available!

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