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Big mountains call for big rappels.
Instead of dealing with a pair of twin ropes on long alpine rock routes, simplify your climbing style with a standard single cord and the 7mm Sterling Tag Line Rope. Lead pitches with the standard single cord, then make full-length rappels when necessary with the lightweight Tag Line.
- Static construction has a 3.5% elongation and a minimum breaking strength of 2,788lb
- Not intended for use as a lead rope
- The use of tag lines is an advanced climbing technique that requires adequate experience and proper training
- Item #STE0069
- Q & A
Sterling making rappels fast!
Run up to Sickle Ledge on El Cap. Great skipping anchors on the rappels!
ps. Always tie your ends
I love having a lightweight tag line for climbing multi-pitch routes! I've been using it on desert towers in Colorado National Monument and in the Moab area. It's easy to see how much time and energy a small lightweight rope save you on the decent when putting up long routes.
Is there a progress-capture device I could use to haul a bag with this rope? Seems like everything is rated for 8 - 11mm ropes. I want to use a Petzl Tibloc (8 - 11mm); am I going to die a violent death trying to haul a bag with this 7mm rope?
Yes, I already own this rope, and I'd rather not buy a new one (e.g. the 8mm version).
YER GONNA DIE!
But in all seriousness, I'd get a bigger line. Pretty much every progress-capture device currently on the market is, as you said, rated to a minimum rope diameter of 8mm, and anything under 8mm can cause a very unreliable grabbing experience. Your pig could definitely cause some death if the Tibloc (or any other >8mm device) didn't completely grab the line while hauling.
Larger diameter haul lines are generally more durable, safer in progress-capture devices, and can even be used as a backup lead line if your primary gets sliced on the wall.
I use an old 9.5 lead line to haul - heavier, but I like the safety and decreased pucker factor in the event of having to jug up that thing.
I have intentionally hauled light loads with a 4mm static cord with a microtraxion on steep routes. So I'm sure you can do it but it's clearly case dependent. I'm curious how light a 7mm would feel being tagged?