/ re marking middle of rope
i just used some finger tape
can a marker pen not be used?
Best way is to take it to the shop at your local climbing wall and persuading them to do it, saving the price of a marker you'll only use once
A small nick with a razor blade
Do most climbing walls mark the middle of their ropes?
I have some beal rope marker. Is pretty handy for marking anything. Is cheap enough.
If I recall, UIAA paper suggested against marker pen, but also that some rope specific markers can also reduce strength.
Changing sheath pattern halfway is pretty neat.
Yeah I can't find the original article, but it was a bit vague. It didn't actually confirm it was always safe to use the manufacturers marker on their ropes, but did suggest this should be OK. It definitely warned against using ANY marker including specific rope markers on ropes made by other manufacturers as problems were found.
> I have some beal rope marker. Is pretty handy for marking anything.
I find that this stuff makes the rope more rigid and I know when the middle has been reached as the rope jams in the belay plate. I'd recommend a wrap of finger tape.
Pretty sure that most don't. Also pretty sure that most of them, whilst happy to mark a rope as an occasional favour, would get pretty hacked off if this became the norm.
I don't understand why people don't just use clothes dye.
> I find that this stuff makes the rope more rigid and I know when the middle has been reached as the rope jams in the belay plate. I'd recommend a wrap of finger tape.
i also found that it makes the rope stiffer - jams in belay plates- i would not use again
I used the pen made by tendon on my mammut ropes. I did it before reading the UIAA article and it hasn't worried me that much. I'll probably die.
> A small nick with a razor blade
Ha ha - this was one of the first posts I ever read about climbing, on rec.climbing newsgroup (uk.rec.climbing hadn't been invented at that point, let alone web forums or ukc). I thought it was SO irresponsible! :-0
Those were the days, my friend.
Because finger tape doesn't jam in the belay plate?
I'v used the Beal rope marker ink.
It's a weird powdery pigment type stuff. Initially once it's dryed on, it does make the rope very stiff.
But this loosens up considerably with just a couple of uses, and leavs it only slightly stiffer than normal. You notice it, but in my experience nothing that would jam a rope.
In my experience it causes sticking a year and a half after using it! I wouldn't do it again, preferring to use finger tape.
I don't find finger tape jams in the belay plate, it is easier to spot on a rope when the rope is dirty, icy or wet. It does roll off after a while, but is easy to replace. (It depends on how much tape you use too, a thick bit jams more, a thin bit comes off easier. Happy compromise for the win!)
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