/ 40m rope: Mammut Vertex vs Edelrid Python
Mammut Vertex and Edelrid Python are both available in this length and at a good price. But which to go for? Thoughts, please.
Do you retire your ropes when the ends start to look well used or chop off a few metres? If you start with a 40m rope there won't be much left if you do the latter. I have a Beal Edlinger, it's 10.2mm whereas your choices were 10mm, so might wear a bit better, and although the packet said it was 35m long the markers on the ends say 40m, a quick search shows retailers offering it for less than £50 if you dig a bit. On the other hand my 10.5mm 50m Beal Top Gun II has lasted for ages, the ends are looking slightly the worse for wear and I'll cut it down at some point and still have a little over 40m left.
> Do you retire your ropes when the ends start to look well used or chop off a few metres?
No, I would just retire the thing and get a nice shiny new one. Life is too short to be using tired kit. At least from where I'm standing looking into my sixth decade.
Anyone got experience of these two rope options?
I have the vertex, although for wall use, excellent rope.
Sorry I'm not much help.
I've owned both ropes but used them exclusively for indoors.
I loved the Python as it is more supple and handles very nicely but it did not last very long. (8 Months). I take a lot of falls.
The Vertex is a great rope but is stiffer and gets softer with use. Unlike most Mammut rope that usually get more wiry with use. Got mine to last (13 Months)
Might be pushing it for some longer routes at Millstone where you may have to go all the way back to the fence to make a belay, although if you have some long cordelettes I guess you'll manage. Otherwise, I agree 40m is decent for gritstone.
(check route lengths and belay points at Dovestones Tor and Shining Clough as well though)
I would personally take my 60m single to the aforementioned 3. "Just in case" :-)
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