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christophbenells

twin rope technique or full climbing rope?

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do you guys use a full length rope for trips that involve glacier approaches and steep snow climbs? use the rope to get maximum pitch length?

 

or do you use 2 30m ropes in twin rope technique and do short pitches?

 

is it wise to do a running belay on a single 30m glacier rope?

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I'd say a single 30m will do you right, if you're really worried about it (and not so much about weight savings) double them

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A single 30m is a bit short for two person roped glacier travel as it doesn't leave much rope for rescue coils. I have pair of 30's that work well. You can tie in short one one, and have the other available for rescue. They also work well as twins for alpine rock, or single for running belays on snow. Don't use a twin rope as a single on rock; not rated for that and easily cut. They belay and rap fine as twins, a bit stretchy but not a problem.

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depends who you ask, with 10m (in reality a little less) between 3 people that doesn't leave much for setting up a crevasse haul...you should be fine with a 30m though

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^^^30m too short for glacier travel???

 

isnt that the standard lenghth for a 3 person team?

 

30m is probably considered std. for a 3 person team; however for a 2 person team I think it's a bit short because of the length you need for rescue coils.

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I disagree - 30m is perfect for 2-3 people. 10-15m between climbers, excess rope carried by the first and last climber on the team (if necessary). Have "stopper" knots for a two man team. Voila!

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