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Topic - Why are half ropes rated as half ropes?

adamkitson - on 01 Aug 2014
I know the obvious answer is "because they are" but I'm struggling to get my head around it.

A rope rated as a singe rope can be used as a sole rope to climb on, clipped to each protection point.
A half rope should be used as a pair, with rope drag being reduced by using one for left trending pro and one for right.

Given that if a fall takes place on half ropes, the chances are that only one rope will catch the fall at the next lowest clipped point, why isn't a half rope also usable as a single? Surely under the conditions that require a rope to be rated, there is no difference in loading between the two?

I'm sure there's an obvious answer to this, I just don't know it. :)
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