/ Rope for hauling, El Cap
I would say 60m for the lead line as mandatory.
on the nose we just used an older dynamic as it could also be used as a backup lead line and it was cheaper and i had a few knocking about.
on Zodiac we had a static.
i didnít feel the difference although a static should reduce the energy you use when hauling.
length is horses for courses
things are cheaper in the bay area - perhaps hit a store before the valley.
Might want to get onto one of the Americancentric climbing forums, passthepitonspete for example is a wealth of information:
Not to say the guys here aren't wise regarding El Cap, there's just less of em.
10mm static (ie: semi static, don't buy actual static as it is much less forgiving in an accident) ideally, either talk to cavers/rope access guys to find some cheap from a trade price reel or buy in the states (still expensive). Static is much burlier for jugging/hauling over edges than dynamics and you should be able to get a good few walls out of a static haul line if well managed.
There is no benefit to having a longer lead line than haul line as when you abseil you are limited by the shorter line, haul line should be at least as long or longer to make it useful.
Hope that's of use/makes some sense!
check these guys out. You can get yourself a 100m for less than a 60m from most climbing shops and just cut it to the length you want.
In my opinion its good to have a built in lower out line by having the extra length, you have the extra length for fixing and the whole thing costs less. You have more flexibility, and can avoid the need to take along an extra rope for fixing.
But each to their own.
Seconded; I can't see any use for a 70 unless you are doing it really fast. I used a 9mm static for hauling and it stood up just fine. I also had a 15m-ish lower-out line although you could tie the bag off short on the haul line instead; it was a retired half rope. Have fun!
> Not to say the guys here aren't wise regarding El Cap, there's just less of em.
Seconded. Supertopo and Mountain Project both have a wealth of good info on big walling.
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