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When deciding which rope to purchase, consider rope diameter, length, strength construction, and flexibility.  Of course, the thicker diameter the rope, the stronger it is.  However, a smaller diameter rope is sometimes more desirable because, for activities such as mountaineering, it is lighter to carry and easier to manage.  Ropes tend to be 10mm, 10.5mm and 11mm in diameter.  In addition, ropes vary in length.  Of course, shorter ropes are light weight and easy to manager, but not as long, so they will not get you as far on a pitch.  Ropes are either static or dynamic.  More of the force from a climber’s fall is transferred to a dynamic rope than a static rope. A dynamic rope stretches and absorbs some of the force, whereas, a static rope will not stretch as much.  Different kinds of climbing have different needs in a rope.  For example, top roping, especially institutional climbing classes, use static ropes for top rope climbers so they aren’t bouncing around on a rope when they fall, and aid climbers use static ropes to efficiently haul their gear to the top of the route.  Something else to consider about a rope before choosing one to purchase is its flexibility.  Some ropes are stiffer than others.  Choosing the stiffness of a rope is up to personal preference.  Stiff ropes are easier to thread through harnesses and gear, but more flexible ropes are easier to use then tying knots.

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