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mzvarner

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looking for leightweight, obvious middle mark (bi-weave, or the little feather thing, or robust inking)and 60m. Beal joker looks promising.Thoughts and opinions?

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Have you considered doubles? Look at Beal's Ice Line. I'm on my second set of those and love them. Climbing alpine with doubles has many advantages over a single that outweigh (pun intended) the weight penalty, at least in my book. Mammut also makes some excellent skinny doubles that are quite light.

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I own a pair of doubles (Edelweiss Oxygen). They get used more for ice climbing or i use one strand for glacier crossings. Im planning a trip to Mt. Whittney in August so I would like to fly just one rope down there.

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I use a 70m Mammut Serenity 8.9mm single exclusively in the alpine - summer and winter. I've put a lot of miles on it doing everything (including aid/jugging on Liberty Crack) and it has held up amazingly well.

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I use either the 70M Serenity or twin Blue Water Ice Floss depending on the route. I like 'em both.

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if you own a set of doubles, and want to go ultralight, why not just fold one in half and climb shorter pitches? I've used this tactic a bunch - particularly on modest climbs where I may be simulclimbing a significant portion. I share your preference for bi-patterns,and I've wished I could find a bicolor skinnier than the joker - my solution has been to mark the rope middle by taking a dull needle and weaving contrasting color thread into the sheath for an inch or two. no worries about hang-ups as with tape marking, nor chemical reactions as with ink/paint, plus the mark will last as long as the sheath.

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