How much safer are a pair of triple rated skinny single ropes like the Mammut Serenity or the Beal Joker compared to a top quality 8.5mm half rope like the Beal Cobra or DMM Prophet?
I understand that instructor types use two singles when climbing with clients but that is more for insurance/best practice reasons.
I'm planning on doing long alpine routes as a three. Do two skinny singles offer a massive increase in safety compared to two 8.5mm halves? To the extent that it is worth the weight penalty?
I'm buying new ropes for the trip anyway so saying use what you've got already isn't much help.
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