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This slower absorption reduces the impact of the fall and the likelihood of a catastrophic outcome. Rock climbing ropes are generally categorized into three main types: single, twin and half or double. Read More…

Climbing Rope "Climbing rope" is a broad term that refers to a type of dynamic rope used for climbing, primarily rock climbing, ice climbing and mountaineering. Dynamic rope is rope made specially to be somewhat elastic, in order to allow it to absorb the energy from a sudden load, most likely a fall, more slowly.
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Sellersville, PA  |  888-218-6366

Since our beginning in 1967, we have had experience designing, manufacturing and distributing the highest quality braided ropes and cords. Braided ropes and cordage are produced in all common fibers.

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CSR Incorporated $$$

Lenexa, KS  |  800-492-6195

At TYTAN International, LLC, we provide top-of-the-line products in the agricultural field. Our rope and tape products are unmatched, and we ship from various locations, so your products always come to you fast. We offer duct tape, vinyl tape, masking tape, polyurethane tape, HVAC tape, packaging tape, barricade tape, caution tape, and specialty tape. We also carry a variety of tape dispensers for anything from light duty to heavy duty. Our rope products are just as vast, including nylon rope, shock cord, poultry cord, manila rope, flagpole rope, cotton rope and many more!

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TYTAN International, LLC $$$

Anacortes, WA  |  360-293-8488

Cortland® Cable is your ISO 9001:2000 certified, number one problem solver for ropes. We engineer and manufacture ropes, cables and strength members to meet your strictest requirements for marine, terrestrial and aerospace applications. We also design electrical and fiber optic cables and medical products. Our highly engineered solutions are tough enough and flexible enough for any job.

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Cortland Cable Company $$$

Niantic, CT  |  860-848-1113

JB Rope Supply has been a wholesale buyer and seller of rope for almost 30 years. We carry a full line of rope and cordage that is ready for immediate shipment. With our years of experience and knowledge, we have the opportunity to bring you exceptional quality at a competitive price. Our excellent customer service and product knowledge is what puts us above the rest. We hope to hear from you!

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JB Rope Supply $$$

Canal Winchester, OH  |  800-258-6574

Our goal is to make the highest quality rope. At Atwood Rope, we manufacture any rope a customer demands at an affordable price. Choices include: braided rope, cordage, cotton rope, elastic shock cord, Kevlar rope, nylon rope, & polypropylene rope. All rope is manufactured in the USA. Applications include military, safety & rescue, shipping, rappelling, boating, landscape, hunting & more.

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Atwood Rope MFG. $$$
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Single ropes are generally between 9.5 mm and 11 mm in width, while they vary greatly in length. The standard for single ropes, though, holds around 10.5 mm by 50 mm. Designed to be used alone, single ropes are the most common type of climbing rope. They are used for top-roping, sport climbing and trad climbing. Twin ropes are made of two separate ropes of the same size, meant to be clipped together through each piece of gear and used as one rope. Twin ropes are extremely thin, usually about 7.6 mm each. They are mostly used in ultra-long rock, ice, mixed routes and expeditions that require lightweight equipment.

Half or double ropes are similar to twin ropes in that they are also two ropes of the same size and used as a pair, but the similarity ends there. Unlike twin ropes, with half ropes, only one rope is clipped through each piece of gear. The climber alternates which rope is clipped through each piece. Considerably thicker than twin ropes, this type of climbing rope is about 8.8 mm thick, and can hold a climber in a fall if the other rope fails. Its alternating clips also reduce rope drag. Half ropes are good for long, wandering climbs and trails with treacherous traverses or sharp rocks.

When considering climbing ropes, a potential buyer should ask him or herself what he or she wants and needs in the way of: rope diameter, rope weight, weight the rope will be supporting, terrain, weather, rope construction, middle marks and bi-patterns and dry treatments. A middle mark is placed on a rope with black paint or thread to identify the middle of the rope. Bi-patterns or bi-colors are a change in weave pattern that help a climber clearly differentiate between the two ropes, as well as easily identify the midpoint. These tools contribute to the safety of a climber.

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