/ NEW ARTICLE: Rock Climbing Basics 11: Coiling a Rope
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I agree! I've never been convinced by this idea that it saves time by coiling ropes doubled. Despite years of scoffing from my trendier friends it's always been demonstrably true that any time saved during coiling is less than that lost uncoiling, attempting to run the rope through, and untangling the mess that results.
Of course, it is useful if you really need to get off in a hurry for some reason and don't care if you need to sort the rope out later.
Much easier and less tiring if you actually leave your hand by your side, as she says but then does not do, when coiling.
The loops around the rope to finish were too low and loose, result a sloppy rope after a short period of walking.
A reef knot or even a bow to finish will allow you to adjust the snugness of your rope backpack so it fits well.
When you come to use a double coiled rope, in this fashion, if you reverse the finishing process and lay the rope down open, ie in a straight line where the section that was around your neck is the middle of the line and the loop ends are the ends of the line, the rope will always coil out without knots, no need to recoil.
I would not be so critical of someone at the crag or a friend for that matter but this is supposed to be an instructional video....
Absolutely. Couldn't agree more.
Why on earth they produced this 'so-called' instructional video without your input escapes me.
How do you work out which end of the rope is the top and which end is the bottom....
You missed the obvious one (that everyone seems to miss): you do not need to take the rope tails through the bite to finish off. Just drop the bite back over the top of the coil and pull snug. Not only is it quicker, the resulting backpack sits higher and flatter on your back.
> You missed the obvious one (that everyone seems to miss): you do not need to take the rope tails through the bite to finish off. Just drop the bite back over the top of the coil and pull snug. Not only is it quicker, the resulting backpack sits higher and flatter on your back.
Definitely the neatest and most practical way to finish it off.
I'm a bit anal about coiling ropes, the example on the vid is messy. Starting from the middle rather than ends means you get all the coils the same length.
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