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TOPIC: 10.5mm static rope

10.5mm static rope 2 months 2 weeks ago #137947

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Hi there,
I am about to climb trees for first time and I am trying to buy my basic gear.
A rope that is available in my country is the Bluewater II 10.5 mm static rope (28.9kN). Is this rope OK for tree climbing? Thanks a lot, carlos
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10.5mm static rope 2 months 2 weeks ago #137948

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Hi Carlos,

A static rope will be too stiff to hold climbing knots. You need to purchase rope for tree climbing, arborist rope.

Hope this helps.

Patty
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10.5mm static rope 1 month 1 day ago #137980

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cadelv wrote:
Hi there,
I am about to climb trees for first time and I am trying to buy my basic gear.
A rope that is available in my country is the Bluewater II 10.5 mm static rope (28.9kN). Is this rope OK for tree climbing? Thanks a lot, carlos

Since we're talking about static ropes in another thread, Bluewater II is excellent for single rope technique typically using mechanical devices like handled ascenders. As Patty mentioned you can't use it for doubled rope hitch climbing (DRT) since the rope is too stiff to form a hitch. A climber can use a split tail (rated hitch cord at least 8mm diameter) to climb DRT with a static rope. Not optimal but can work. These are considered advanced techniques. A supple double-braid arborist rope is optimal for a versatile tree climbing rope.
-AJ
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