/ tips for coiling ropes
Especially for when moving in the hills/mountains
Put a quarter twist into the rope with your fingers as you make each loop - It stops the rope twisting and thus tangling.
It takes a few seconds longer than the way most people coil but it saves time when climbing as the rope just comes off the top without all that faff you get the "preferred" way.
I climbed with someone who used that method the other day (I watched as I'd finished coiling my rope after he got half way through). It seemed to give no benefit whatsover.
Moreover the finish is a lot neater if you don't put the ends through the bite you took through the coils. Instead, just loop the bite over the coils and pull snug. The resultant shape sits much flatter against the back
The reason some people get twists in their mountaineer's coils is because they're not taking the natural twist in the rope out when they take coils.
I do this too. You have permission to coil my ropes if ever we go climbing!
I take both ends. Two armspans plus a foot, then twelve armspans lapped in hand for a 50m rope, four loops round and finish off. Tie round back and look for descent route. Just like gridnorth :-)
To GrahamD: I agree at that stage there is no benefit but it's far easier and quicker when you are ready to climb.
b**ger. Simu posting. Similar to GN, but not quite.
In terms of ropes and twists, they're like cables. Cables get coiled in figures of 8 on the ground if you can't impart the quarter twist in them.
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