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Sterling Accessory Cord

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    Accessorize and climb-o-rize.

    Need to equalize that anchor before sending junior up on top-rope? Grab your handy Sterling 6mm Accessory Cord. Force-rated up to 8.8 kN, this lightweight little string carries its weight and then some, so you can set up safe and functional anchors for a family day at the crag.

    • Available in assorted colors in 2-7mm diameters and 50ft lengths.
    • Item #STE0051

    Tech Specs

    2 mm, 4 mm, 5 mm, 6 mm, 7 mm
    50 ft
    [2mm] 1.0 kN, [4mm] 4.6 kN, [5mm] 5.2 kN, [6mm] 8.8 kN, [7mm] 12.4 kN
    Recommended Use
    hiking & camping, climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    This stuff is great for accessory cord. It really comes in handy. I've used to tie stuff down in trucks as well as to secure dry bags in a river raft. Buy this stuff and you will find a use for it. That being said sterling doesn't recommend 5mm cord for anchor building, prusiks etc. hence the name ACCESSORY cord.

    A width for every need

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    I've picked up hundreds of feet of this over the years in all different sizes. It's great for just about anything. I've used it for everything from; kayak bow and anchor lines to guy lines to strapping down gear on the top of my truck, to stabilizing my tomato cages and everything in between. Accessory cord is one of those things that is beneficial to have just lying around all the time, you're going to need it for something or other sooner or later... probably sooner.

    Be advised, out of all the times I have ordered this, only once have I gotten it in the color that is pictured. Never comes in a bad color, just something to note.

    Matthew Pizza
    Expert Gearhead

    Perfect for whatever you need

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    I got the 7mm stuff to make a cordalette and for building anchors (as well as random other uses) and it's perfect, but the other sizes I'm sure would be equally great for other applications. It seems really strong (and I'm going to go ahead and trust the ratings here and say that it is) while also being easy and smooth to work with. It seems pretty durable too, although only time will really tell, but with so many different sizes to choose from, this cord is really pretty great for an almost unlimited amount of applications. Go ahead and get some.

    20 feet 6mm vs. 7mm comparison...

    20 feet 6mm vs. 7mm comparison...

    Great cord

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    Mine was blue and white and not ninja black, so I have no issues with color.

    I got the 7mm x 50ft and cut it in half with a hot knife. Sterling's 7mm is rated to be a little stronger than other brands, which is why I chose it. It handles well, knots well, and unties easily. No complaints here!

    Tacticool but not helpful

    • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it

    I knew the colors would be random, but my particular cord is ninja survivalist matte black. Unless you're mil/leo, this color is highly impractical. I'm going to have to return it and buy a cord with color choices. Or maybe their customer service can exchange it for anything but black.

    Great workability

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    7mm makes great anchors. Never tested in icy/wet conditions, but for general purpose use it's not stiff like the other many alternatives out there. Since it's so soft, I'm not sure how it will hold up in terms of durability but it's plenty stiff enough to undo knots.

    Great for prusiks

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    6mm accessory cord is the smallest typically rated for life safety applications, so I never use anything below that (excepting Kevlar, spectra, dyneema, etc tech cords).

    6mm is just about perfect for prusik use on typical 9.8mm dynamic climbing rope. I typically keep a very small loop on my harness at all times for rap backup or rescue use.

    Since 6mm cord is small enough to not be too heavy or bulky it is also great to use as a chalk bag belt or nut tool wrap/tether. Lots of small ideas like that so that you can always have some spare cord with you in a pinch.

    7mm works well for cordellette/equallette use. 20ft is generally the recommendation I have seen. I take a bit more in case I need to leave some behind to beef up an anchor or whatever.

    I have bought a great deal of this before, likely to buy more in the future.

    Great for Top Rope Anchors

    • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I help run a high school outdoors club. I am just starting to use this cordelette for setting up top rope climbing anchors. The 7 mm works well and the 50 feet gives me plenty of real estate to tie off on multiple points. I am already thinking of getting a second one so I can set up multiple climbs. I really like it so far.

    Improved way to tie

    Here is a nifty, quick and easy way to use your cordelette that I found. Enjoy.

    I was just about to upload this video but you beat me to it. This is the BEST way to anchor, after new findings revealed slings and webbing to be slightly dangerous when loaded. THEY CAN become severed when loaded at the knot point. GREAT VIDEO!!! This is the AMGA's "new" way of anchoring. Perfect and insightful!

    Cordelette and Cornice Cutter

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    I use the 6 and 7mm for making cordelette's and the 4mm for a bomber cornice cutter that I keep in my backcountry ski pack. Ratings have been discussed in detail below. make sure to check those out to get the correct size for your needed purpose.


    • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Here's my rule of thumb for cordelette and prusik, of course always use your own best judgment depending on the situation. For single point attachments always use climbing rope and 24kn anchors. But for multipoint anchors, unless you're top-roping from an overhanging tree trunk, you will need at least three other anchor points to feel safe. With an equalized load at 3 anchor points use 8knx3 aggregate and that is why checking the specs, Sterling accessory cord 6-7mm is more than adequate for cordelette with multiple anchors. For use as prusik just keep in mind that your harness is still tied to the rope and that by keeping your pro reasonably taut there shouldn't be any problem even if the prusik slips on 5mm cord. But if you are weighing in at over 200lbs use whatever you feel comfortable with and if 7mm prusik is too slippery or stretchy, in that case 8mm might be the way to go.

    I'd like to use 5 mm chord to "resling" some lightly used 10 year old Friends and BD Camalots. I realize some would advocate getting factory reslinging - but any reason I can't use 5mm or 6mm Chord with fishermans Knots? Also same for threading chocks - 5mm chord?

    I am looking to get some to extend anchors...

    I am looking to get some to extend anchors over an edge and also for prusiks. What diameter/s should I get?

    Best Answer

    These cords are NOT intended for climbing anchors. Especially for the rigors of a top-rope anchor (where the anchor cord will see repetitive wear in a concentrated location and where there is little visual inspection of the anchor while in use) I would NEVER use this cord for that purpose.

    For prussic loops either the 6mm or the 5mm would be fine. Use the 5mm only if the rope you are prussicing onto is less than 9mm... the 5mm cord will bite better on these thin ropes, but on ropes thick enough, I recommend taking advantage of the extra strength of the 6mm.

    The strength rating on this page should not be trusted. Sterling's datasheet shows the 6mm cord having a MBS of 8.8kN and the 5mm MBS of 5.2kN.

    For anchor building look into Sterling's PowerCord. Its much much stronger (20kN) and intended for these purposes. Webbing is another common and very cheap option for anchors, but webbing requires some special attention in knot tying.

    Hope that helps - have fun and be safe!

    PS. just to show what I mean:

    The 6mm cord:

    Sterling's product page for "Cordelettes" (intended for anchor building) only shows the 7mm cord (12kN) and the PowerCord (20kN).

    7mm or greater for anchors.

    General rule: Double up (make a quad for bolted anchors). Multi-leg for trad anchor (3 or more anchor points) as lead climbing puts more force on the anchor.

    If using trees and such make a multi-leg for TR anchor and watch out for abrasion on the edge where the anchor passes over the top of the cliff.