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Topic - Alpine rope advice

OwenF - on 27 May 2012
Heading to chamonix in a few weeks and am considering the current rope situation. Apologies that this has been covered before but I'm looking for some specific advice.

Currently have:
Pair of mammut phoenix 8mm dry 60m (trad and winter)
Beal *something* 10mm non dry 30m (wall/general climbing)

The idea of using one of the halves on alpine routes (up to AD by the way) doesn't sit well with me - 8mm and sharp rock/rockfall etc. My 30m is obviously too short. So, I was looking at a thin and light single for 99% of the time, teamed with a half for abseils. So far narrowed to Beal Joker or Mammut Revelation - both around 9.1-9.2mm, both dry, both around 140.

1. Should I stop being a whimp and use the 8mm half and save myself some coin?
2. Is dry cover really that necessary in the alps? Would probably only get used uk summer as well.
3. Any specific poor experiences with above suggestions?
4. Any other suggestions for the requirements at lower cost?

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