/ Climbing tape for a confidence "rope"
I was playing around with some slackline tape over the weekend and started to wonder about using that for a confidence line instead.
It is lighter, stronger, much easier to handle and isn't going to cut you in half if you have to waist belay (I feel you have bigger issues if it comes to that!). Knotting is more difficult but not impossible. Other than that I can't think of any real issues.
It's not dynamic, but that's not an issue for confidence roping.
I'd have through tape would be harder to handle for lowering someone off etc. - too thin, and a right git to untie weighted knots out of.
I've not had problems with my 8.4 (I think) - Why not just double your 8mm for any applications where you need to handle it well?
I rarely carry a full-on confidence rope unless there is a risk that I could be on terrain that requires it, or if I think my clients may struggle. I'll always carry a long sling though, which like you say is a lot lighter, takes up less space and is perfectly fine to use as a confidence leash.
Just use common sense, I find it works in most situations, assuming you've got it? Confidence roping is, as it is, giving confidence rather than looking after folk where a slip could result in death or injury!
I assume you are talking about ML type ropework which is something I've never actually needed to use working as a Summer ML in the UK.
I very rarely carry a full rope working in a ML situation. If I carry a rope and think I need to use it then I'm then working as a MIA/MIC/Guide.
You are more likely to need to reassure folk in the winter rather than in the summer due to the variability of the conditions. Sensible planning and route choice should avoid this as a summer ML and even then a helping hand (holding their hands or grabbing clothing or the rucksack straps) and a bit of spotting will cope with most situations.
So in answer to your question climbing tape is fine for confidence roping, that is unless you are doing your Summer ML assessment!!!
YOu aren't catching a fall. confidence roping is basically keeping hold of someone while you cross terrain where a stumble could turn into a tumble, or where they are unsteady and need support. You aren't anchored to anything, you are moving with the client above them to give confidence - hence the name.
Cycling, football, rugby or just tripping up show that the human body can usually absorb the energy equivalent to a 1 meter fall without serious injury.
This came about because I was lowering a suitcase out of the loft and grabbed my slackline tape to do it, it struck me that it was easier to handle than my 8mm confidence line.
Not too concerned about how dynamic it is, it would be kept tight at all times, anything beyond that and I am well outside my remit!
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