/ Edelrid Shikra rope

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saulward - on 14 Apr 2012
I went into a big outdoor retailer to buy a rope for climbing centre use and the guy sold me a Edelrid Shikra 50m, when I got it home I looked at the label and it says not recomended for indoor use. Is is ok for indoor climbing or is it not safe for some reason?
Max factor - on 14 Apr 2012
In reply to saulward:


is it a half rope? i.e. does the sticker on the end of the rope have a cirle with a 1 in it or a 1/2 in in.

if it's the 2nd, which I think it is then poor form from the retailer. if it's a 1 then happy days
dale1968 - on 14 Apr 2012
In reply to saulward: they are half ropes, you need a single
Max factor - on 14 Apr 2012
In reply to Max factor:

googled it and it is a half rope. don't unwrap it (if you haven't already). It's not optimal for indoor climbing, though it can be used.
In reply to saulward:
> I went into a big outdoor retailer to buy a rope for climbing centre use and the guy sold me a Edelrid Shikra 50m,

If you made it clear you wanted it for indoor use and then some sales guy sold you a half rope, then the guy was being a dick. He should have known better, and if he didn't he should have checked with someone who did. I would take it straight back and, particularly if you're a beginner relying on their advice, I think you have a good case for being quite upset about this.

Learn the difference between rope types so you have a better idea of what you should get next time. Shop assistants should be there to help, but as you have found out here - you can't trust them all.
In reply to Max factor:
> It's not optimal for indoor climbing, though it can be used.

Perhaps the biggest worry would be someone using it with a slick belay device designed for single ropes. An 8.5 being used as single and, say, an original BD ATC could easily lead to someone getting dropped.

saulward - on 14 Apr 2012
In reply to TobyA: I'll go and have a word with them tomorrow, thanks a lot
In reply to saulward: Take it straight back and ask to see the manager of the shop and explain what you where advised to buy. Whoever sold you that rope as a centre rope, deserves to loose their job!
In reply to Max factor: It's a half rope!!!!!! No it can not be used at a climbing wall!!!!!
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Max factor - on 17 Apr 2012
In reply to Cold Mountain Kit:

I've seen a fair few half ropes used in walls, no good reason it can't be used but obviously you should use it doubled over.

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