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I'm looking to make a small kit that can...
I'm looking to make a small kit that can fit in a small day pack. I was looking for a short 30m dry rope. The rope I normally use is a sterling biathlon pro in 60m. But I only use half of it on the wall I frequent. So the question is how would this rope fair on sport climbs? I was also considering the sterling slim gym but its not dry coated and seems to have the same specs like fall rating.
This is essentially the same as the Sterling Nano but in a 30m length for glacier and snow travel. It would work fine for sport climbing but you would have to be very careful to keep the length of pitches in mind since you are effectively limited to 15m pitches which are not really all that common. I have used ropes like this when similclimbing on easy terrain or for short rappels while skiing.
Great All-Around Rope
Nice and lightweight which makes it very versatile. Also the 30m length was perfect for me and my climbing partner to rope together for glacier travel and ski mountaineering.
Won't leave home without it
Sterling quality, lightweight for a single rope, and availability in 30 meter length make this perfect for taking along on backcountry hikes for unexpected rappels/self rescue. Handles nicely.
Playing around in Wolverine Cirque, Utah
Using a Sterling AT rope. Photo by Tommy Chandler.
Would this 30M rope be appropriate for use...
Would this 30M rope be appropriate for use as a lead rope in the gym?
I thing you need to buy a "gym" rope...30M can do the job for start
This would work depending on how high the wall is you'd be climbing but since it's dry treated it's not really considered a "gym" rope. 30m roughly translates to roughly 98ft.
Sorry, I should have elaborated further. I'm thinking about using this rope mostly for leading in the gym (maximum length req 28M) and double duty for ski mountaineering or just having a lightweight rope in the pack for when I run across sketchy terrain and/or conditions outdoors. Thanks to everyone for the previous replies.
The length, 30m, would be okay, but I think you'd be better off with a dedicated gym climbing rope as they are meant for the abuse of repeated falls, lowering, etc.. You could probably get away with using this rope in the gym, but at the risk of wearing it out quickly.
if you're able to climb outside and have a full 60m rope, just chop the ends off after they're worn out and use that. otherwise, this would work fine.
I've owned a couple dozen climbing ropes over the past 20 years, and this is by far my favorite, especially with the belay device options that are now available to work perfectly with it (Faders Sum and Grigri 2). I abused my old Nano sport climbing for two seasons and it wore as well as any rope I've had. The hand is perfect and the impact soft. I'm not sure why Sterling doesn't use this same weave on more of their ropes. My only caveat is that I weight about 125lbs, and I have seen two Nano's sheathed by climbers in the 175-200lb range on sport routes where the rope ran over an edge that I have never seen do damage to any other rope. I use this AT model as a regular lead rope for short sport routes, and it is the bomb!
What does AT stand for?
What does AT stand for?
Awesome tacos! Just kidding it stands for "Alpine Touring".
Sexy little beast of a rope
I used this rope in conjunction with a 7.8mm Sterling Photon for glacier travel and ski mountaineering in Antarctica and loved it. Both ropes are fantastic by themselves, but used together you get a huge range of flexibility. You can lead vertical ice/rock with the Nano, cross glaciers and rappel with it. The sheath has a beautiful "hand" to it and it flows easily over snow and through carabiners, yet also ties nice, tight knots. The Nano is a lightweight, but full strength rope. About the only thing you shouldn't do with it is "work" routes or take repeated falls in quick succession, but as a ski mountaineering rope, it is perfect.
Coiling a Nano on the summit.
I like 30m ropes for ski mountaineering as they are light and easy to deploy. The more you use them, the safer you are.
Sterling Nano for roped skiing
In this photo, the Sterling Nano is begin used to belay Eric B. on the first descent of Victoria Peak in Antarctica.
Nano for glacier travel
The Sterling Nano in use as a glacier rope in Antarctica. We had five people on a 30m rope which was a bit tight, but it worked OK for the terrain we were in.
I keep this rope in my pack incase I come across sketchy terrain. Sterling makes great ropes and the price is reasonable as well.