/ 50m half ropes OK for North Wales trad?
Consensus seems to be that if you're sticking to UK trad / know where you're going to climb (i.e. nothing huge) then 50s are worth getting.
I climb trad almost exclusively in North Wales. Only potential problem scenarios I can come up with:
- Dorys, would they be too short to set up belays?
- Tremadog, Barbarian abseil might leave you stranded on 50s?
- Cromlech, might struggle with setting up a belay?
Can anyone think of any others?
Abseiling in shouldn't be an issue as we usually have an ab rope.
I certainly never had any problem when I did Barbarian and have climbed on the Cromlech stacks of times without any thoughts about rope length ever entering my head.
This is a troll, right?
I've done virtually nothing on Main Cliff at Gogarth nor have I climbed at every single crag in North Wales so there's every chance there's situations where 50s might be deal breakers. Quite a few experienced folk wouldn't be without 60s in N Wales. I'd like to make an informed decision.
So no, in short, this isn't a troll.
I wouldn't struggle at all; I've never climbed harder than VS so Cemetery Gates certainly wouldn't be on my radar...
No troll then. Fair enough. Just wondered.
>. The only time you are likely to encounter problems is if you start running pitches together.
Like people do on Cemetery Gates!
In reply to the OP
I have used 50's (or shorter!) for the last 40 years, I will not buy 60's when I next buy new ropes.
It is worth remembering that when I started a 120 ft (36.6m) single rope was normal, I bought 150ft (45.7m) ropes in the late 70's when they became the new standard and did not change to 50m (164ft) until the 90's.
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