/ 30m rope for Tower Ridge?
Anyone tried it with a 30m?
I was wondering similar just last night, trying to decide whether to get a 30/35/40/50m "triple use" rope for this kind of scrambling & easy climb mountain day.
Would imagine that nobody used more than 30metre ropes in the old days.
When I did Tower Ridge, we used a doubled-up 60m half rope. This was fine, although I did take a bit of time to find a belay at the end of the eastern traverse as the rope wasn't quite long enough to reach the proper belay.
As i remember 40m is ideal for guiding, where i use around 5m of rope at an end for 2 people so 35 ish would probably be ideal. Assuming you know where the belays and such are that is.
30m just about does the GT, but it's a bit of a stretch. If there's more than 2 on the rope then def not. 40 will be just nice.
Here endeth the lesson
You aren't going to be saving much weight with a shorter rope and you've less options re belaying/ abseiling etc.,
You don't need much in the way of gear. From my diary I can see I only used 2 or 3 larger rocks, a couple of long slings and the rope for belays.
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