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Topic - Do I *need* 60m ropes in California?

TRip - on 22 Apr 2013
Hello,

I'm heading to California this autumn for a ten week trip cragging and big walling.

For big walling we'll have a 60m single rope and a static haul line.

However we are also planning on spending a fair amount of time free climbing at the Needles. Tuolumne Meadows, Incredible Hulk and in the Valley for which I was planning on taking half ropes for.

Should I take 50m ropes or 60m ropes? My partner has 60s and I have 50s.

50s have the advantage of being lighter and we've got a fair whack of stuff to take round with us, whilst 60s are longer.

Are abseil descents in the US generally rigged for 50m or 60m?

Any thoughts from people who have been there?

Cheers,

Tom
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