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A lightweight rope for glacier travel or quick rappels.

For treacherous glacier crossings or short rappels during steep backcountry ski descents, the Beal Rando Dry Cover Rope does the trick. Pair it with another and use it in a twin-rope setup for short technical mountaineering pitches as well. Beal added markings every 12 meters for spacing multiple tie-ins, and at only 37 grams per meter, the Rando won’t weigh down your pack on the approach hike.

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How would this rope work for Crevasse...

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How would this rope work for Crevasse Rescue, hopfully just training. But is it strong enough to hold the weight of a person in a crevasse, and is it thick enough to prusik up?

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Hi Tobias,

The Rando 8mm is a perfect rope for glacier travel and crevasse rescue. The rope is more than strong enough for crevasse work (that's what it's designed and rated for), and you can certainly prussik back up an 8mm line. I prefer using tiblocs or other (similar) mechanical ascenders, but I've prussiked on an 8mm line it's totally doable.

Hope this helps!

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This rope is absolutely perfect for crevasse rescue. My son and I are carrying each one such a rope in 30 m lenght and it's a perfect safety setup with a Mammut RescYou belay device while freeride skiing on glaciers in the french/italian/swiss alps.

However, this rope is a twin rope and must be used as twin for alpine climbing usage in case of a free-fall fly. Make sure to never use this rope as single in case of a free-fall fly during climbing !

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Safe travels over the glacier

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Traveling over bergshrunds is risky business. It is nice to have this lightweight rope at hand to keep things safe. I hope to never use it in a rescue situation, but it is light enough to hardly notice its in the pack for the ski down..

Safe travels over the glacier
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Beal Skimo Rope

I have used this as a glacier rope for two people and carried it on big skimo days either on its own or paired with a superlight 5mm tag line. It packs small, is lightweight and seems to be fairly durable. Also nice to have as a just in case for belaying trickier than expected sections scrambling or on glaciers.

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Rappelling off

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We had just summitted the highest mountain in Sweden, at 7200 ft its a whopper... then we went and rappelled into this cool line and a 5000 foot descent. Such a light and perfect application for this rope.

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Safety first

This rope has been coming along for years. Its so great to split up the weight of a sixty by carrying two 30m. Obviously some disadvantages but overall pretty great. It also comes along as a safety rope, which it wouldn't if it was sixty metres.

They say you should always carry a rope when going into the unknown, this is one you won't feel the weight of but will save you when you need it to.

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Always on board

This lives in the bottom of my ski pack with my Camp Alp 95, Camp Photon, and DMM Bugette. I've always like the thinner lines from Beal (I use a set of Ice Lines as well) and these are no exception. It is a great rando rope to have when you need to rappel short sections or do some simulclimbing while out skiing. The length is manageable and if your partner has one as well you have a versatile system for belaying, rappelling, and getting out of jams in the alpine. The weight is minimal and I have no problem bringing it with me on near any outing where I plan on being in terrain where I may need it.

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Great value buy

This rope was perfect for the intended use as a light rescue when snowboarding off Piste. It fit well in a medium backpack.

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I bought this for glacier travel and now use it for scrambling as well as backing up the occasional sketchy old school bolts that we come across. Nice rope for the price as well as only weighing around 1.5 pounds!

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Actually it's 2.44 lb per the specs. :) But yes, very light.

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Not perfect

I bought this for a compact, light "scrambling" rope to use for short rappels and such. It works pretty well for just that. I have a couple of complaints though. First, I'm not pleased with the dry treatment. I took it out for the first time in the rain and it soaked up water like a sponge. I hung it up in my house and it took about 3 days to dry. I also question the durability. There are small strands of nylon poking out from the sheath after only one use. I don't think it affects the strength in the short term, but I don't expect this rope to last as long as the others. I've used several other ropes and none of them did anything like this.

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Just a note about the dry treatment.
If this rope is indeed what Beal refers to as "Petrol Blue", then it doesn't HAVE dry treatment, BC has the description wrong. (it also doesn't have markings every 12 meters...)
On Beal's site it states that only the "Blue" and "Anis" color Rando ropes have their "Golden Dry" treatment.
The picture shown here at BC is indeed the same rope as shown on the Beal site as "Petrol Blue". (The little grey squares in the pattern denote this as the "Petrol Blue" color, on the "Blue" version, those grey squares are cyan...)
I have this rope, I got it here at BC and it does not have 12 meter markings. It also came in a wrap that said it was "Petrol Blue". These things tell me that, as per Beal's site, the rope I received does not have a dry treatment.
So if your Beal rope has no markings and was labeled Petrol Blue, then yours doesn't either. So'll soak up the juice...
I'm not saying that's the case with the rope you received, I'm just saying it's likely, and that BC has the photos and the descriptions slightly cattywompified...
All of that stated, I love this little guy. I just wish BC would carry the red version as'd make a great lightweight 30 meter twin setup paired with the Petrol Blue one...

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Brandon is mostly correct on this. We checked this issue out a couple months ago and this rope (BC item # BEA0010) is the dry-treated version. The standard rope is BC Item # BEA000A ( The color names are definitely a bit confusing as they are both called 'Petrol Blue.' As always, with anything we sell, if you are not happy with the item, or even just want to check it out, you can hit me, or another gearhead up on the Live Chat service and we will be happy to hook you up on a return. If you are shipping back from within the continental US (lower 48), we have a flat rate $6.99 return UPS label you can create online to ship back, or if you chat with one of us, we may be able to get you hooked up on that. Just ask to see what we can do to help you out ;)

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Brandon is spot on : I have the Blue version which is Golden Dry-treated.

The Blue version is more like Cyan-coloured in reality and features small black and yellow-coloured diamonds as a motif. There is a white plastic tag at both ends and it reads "Golden Dry" below the serial number, 8 mm and 30 m writings.

The rope is absolutely waterproof and freeze-proof.

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This rope is awsome! I took it with me on a back pack trip for short repeals and it did just that