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San Bartolo Spain--rope length

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 charlesvernon 11 Jun 2024

Hi all,

We'll be staying near Tarifa for 3 weeks from late June through mid-July. This is a family trip and climbing is secondary but we will probably climb at San Bartolo 1-2 times a week for casual family-style half days followed by jumping in the ocean. 

My question: we're trying to pack as light as possible and I'm wondering if we can get away with a 40- or 32-meter rope and still be able to do a decent selection of the climbs. We'll be climbing from easy maybe up to 6c at the hardest. 

Thanks!

Charles

 tjekel 12 Jun 2024
In reply to charlesvernon:

I'd think 50m should be finde for close to everything sport. Don't even know where to obtain 32m of rope ...

 heleno 12 Jun 2024
In reply to charlesvernon:

Routes in the area vary greatly in length, and the Roca Espana guide recommends a 70m rope.

Apologies if this is insultingly obvious (I can't tell how experienced you are from your profile) but whatever rope length you use, please ensure there is a knot at the 'dead' end of your rope.

In reply to charlesvernon:

Thank you both.

I had to cut a rope in half at one point due to a core shot, hence the 40- and 32-meter ropes. I actually use them fairly often for rope soloing. Trying to pack light because of tighter baggage restrictions on our intercontinental travel and because this isn't mainly a climbing trip. From thecrag.com, it looks like a lot of the routes at San Bartolo are short, but I'm not sure how accurate that info is. 

Definitely I always close the system! I'm a bit paranoid about it actually, I'll tie a knot even if it's a 30-foot pitch with a 70-meter rope. I also added a little info to my profile for future reference. 

Charles


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