/ Rope Length for Touring
While shorter is lighter and lighter is better, my partner won't be too chuffed if I turn up with 5m of rope: I'm thinking 30m or 40m would be more appropriate. We don't expect any abseils on the route so it's hopefully insurance again crevasse rescue.
What's the prevailing opinion? Is 30m too short?
If your partner already has a rope then I'd go for 30m. Don't tell him it's your "old" ice line!
The 2 guidebooks I'm looking through right now both say 40m. I'm going to chop my old iceline to this shortly.
Most of the time your guidebook will tell you if you need longer than 30m for abseils.
> If your partner already has a rope then I'd go for 30m. Don't tell him it's your "old" ice line!
This is exactly what I'd do.
30m it is!
2 weeks ago, if you read my heavily dog-eared and annotated guide to La Grave and the surrounding area you would have read the following sentence:
"Climb up 10 m to the ab (bolt in corner) 2x 30m ropes required, 2 x 40 better."
It now reads:
"Climb up 10 m to the ab (bolt in corner) 2x 40 m ropes required "
I'll leave you to fill in the gaps.
Cotswolds had a 30m 8mm dry treated confidence rope for £35 today so I splashed out. Agree about refreshing being able to use an in-line pulley/double mariner when you've less rope to play with.
have a look at the Double Mariner hauling system.
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