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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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Norridge, IL  |  800-626-6556

Lexco is an ISO:9001 manufacturer of wire rope, cable, and bungee cord assemblies; and push-pull controls. Our in-house capabilities range from swaging and extrusions to die-casting, proof-loading, and CNC machining. Lexco Cable is proud to serve a diverse set of markets including military, aerospace, OEM, MRO, marine, architectural, and more. Contact us today.

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Lexco Cable Mfg. $$$

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 $$$

Miami, FL  |  305-636-3000

Miami Cordage and its Florida Wire & Rigging Works division is a renowned rope manufacturer and rope distributor of industrial and marine rope, wire, chain, fittings & related products. Our various colors, configurations & strengths of rope, anchor line, dockline, twine and cord come in Amsteel, nylon (3 &12 strand, double braid), Polypropylene (hollow braid, 3-strand twisted), polyester, etc.

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Miami Cordage $$$

Boca Raton, FL  |  561-347-7247

With a truly diverse inventory, Consolidated Cordage carries rope supplies to meet military, defense, commercial, safety & electrical applications with top-of-the-line performance & highly competitive prices. Nylon rope, kevlar rope, cotton rope, braided rope, bungee cords, fiberglass cords & shock cords are only the beginning!

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Consolidated Cordage Corporation, Inc. $$$

Waterford, PA  |  814-323-7495

At USA Rope, our goal is to serve customers with the best quality product along with the most responsive service in your industry. We offer custom bulk dyneema rope, spectra rope, winch line systems, and more. All products are made with the latest technology and made in the USA to ensure consistency and longevity within our bulk manufacturing. To learn more about our services, contact USA rope today!

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USA Rope & Recovery $$$

Montreal, QC  |  800-305-2673

You have found your solution for ropes and netting. Barry Cordage is a world class leader in solving complex rope and net requirements by adapting our complete product line to your needs. Extended variety of ropes includes Dyneema and Spectra rope (helicopter long lines), nylon and polyester rope, natural fiber rope like cotton, manila and hemp. Try our specialized rope systems and splices today!

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Barry Cordage Ltd. $$$
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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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