Climbing Ropes

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If you happen to fall while rock climbing (and it does happen), you are going to want to have the confidence that your rope is designed and tested to catch you. Modern climbing ropes are engineered specifically to absorb the shock impact of a climber falling off the face of the cliff. Most climbing ropes are 'dynamic', that is, they are designed to stretch when put under a lot of force. This reduces the amount of shock felt by the climber through their harness, also reducing the chance of the rope breaking as it absorbs the impact, rather than resisting it.

Types of Climbing Ropes

There are two main types of ropes that climbers use: dynamic ropes and low elongation (or static) ropes.

Kernmantle ropes are the most popular form of dynamic rope consisting of two main components, the inner core and the outer sheath. Kernmantle ropes are constructed by twisting long fibres together to form the central core which is held within a woven outer sheath. The core provides most of the rope's strength and flexibility, while the outer layer makes the rope pliable, easier to tie knots in, and resistant to abrasion when it is used on rough rocky surfaces.

Static ropes are used predominately for abseilling or by climbers performing tasks that require them to spend a lot of time hanging in their harness such as in industrial and commercial roles.

Materials

Most modern climbing ropes are today made from nylon, largely replacing hemp as the dominant construction material. Rock climbing ropes come in a huge range of sizes and thicknesses depending on what the style of climbing they will be used for. Ropes used for caving will need to be more water resistant and thicker to cope with intense abrasion. Ropes used indoors at climbing gyms will typically be hard wearing to cope with constant use but might not be as dynamic as ropes used by professional climbers on the face outdoors.

Additional Gear

Gone are the days when climbers would attach themselves to their safety rope by simply tying it directly to their body. These days you will need some additional gear in order to climb the highest peaks.

Climbers use ropes in conjunction with a climbing harness, climbing shoes, a chalk bag, carabiners, belay devices and specially designed gear called protection to anchor themselves to the face of cliffs outdoors. Climbing ropes are flexible, designed to be tied into a huge number of different knots that are suited to different situations.

Carrying ropes to the wall can be a pain without a bag to carry them in. While you're browsing, check out the range of backpacks and bags designed to endure rocky environments. And make sure you always keep a first aid kit handy for minor scrapes and injuries.

Before you go buying ropes and trying to climb the nearest crag, make sure you have the appropriate training in an indoor climbing gym first, or go with a trained guide who can (cough) show you the ropes. For tips and tricks to help you to the top of the wall, swing over to our editorial section where we create content for lovers of the outdoors.