/ What length for static ab/anchor rope?
What length do people find best to buy for this - general UK use expected.
I think it's really location specific. If you're planning on heading to Pembroke, you might want 30-50m, but if you're heading to Lundy then I think you need 70-100m long ab ropes for some venues.
You might be better off buying 10m of static for setting up belays / top ropes, and then a separate ab rope.
I find 30m pretty handy in most situations.
Buy a 200m drum and divide between yourself and 3 friends. Then you have ~66m which is good for Pembroke and many Lundy crags (though I agree there are several Lundy crags that require 100m).
I don't think any Lundy crag actually 'requires' 100m !
Two different things there. I would probably buy a 70m length and cut 10m off the end for rigging and keeping 60m for abseiling.
OK you can tie two 50m ropes together and pass the knot, but a 100m rope makes life easier. e.g. abseil in to the Great Divide.
To access all of the crags in Pembroke you need 60 metres.
But makes of lot of things on Lundy a heck of a lot easier!
Hello Barry. I think we met you on Commando Ridge earlier in the year.
Often the best places to buy static rope are the Caving shops.
Have a look at the websites for Caving Supplies, Inglesport and Bernies Café to start with.
Unless you are local to a particular major cliff that needs a specific length, if you are going to buy a LONG rope (longer then 40-50m) then I'd go the whole hog and go for 100metres.
For most things I don't thing you'd go too far wrong with getting 60m and chopping that to 20m/40m.
Barry, your profile says you live in London. If you think you might be spending time at Swanage, then a 50m would be just the job.
Ah yes - was that you behind us as we all froze waiting for the slowest climbers in the world to clear the final pitch?
Being able to see the bags with warm jackets in was the real kicker!
Dick's Climbing in Bristol seem to have the cheapest ab rope I've seen at £1.30 a meter. I'd suggest much the same as other people have with regards not using your long ab rope for setting up top ropes as they don't tend to be particularly light. 15-20m would be my suggestion as a rigging rope, mine is 15m long and occasionally comes up a little bit short, but if you use a couple of slings you can usually get away with it.
Be careful with the diameter as well, 11mm is a bit on the thick side for some belay plates, but will be harder wearing.
I tend to use a 65m ab rope, but that's more because I can borrow it from my uni club than anything else!
OK, obviously I gave a bit of duff advice there!
Yes, that's right.
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