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Beal Opera Golden Dry Climbing Rope - 8.5mm

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Opera Golden Dry Climbing Rope

Weighing in at 48 grams per meter, Beal's Opera Golden Dry Climbing Rope is the lightest single rope as well as the skinniest. Certified as a half, twin, or single, The Opera's 8.5mm diameter provides the ultimate versatility specifically designed for high-level climbers from sport senders to ice mountaineers. A Unicore construction bonds the sheath to the core for better abrasion-resistance, slippage elimination, and a supple performance that slides through belay devices and carabiners. Beal's Golden Dry treats the core and the sheath with water-resistance, resulting in much less water absorption compared to climbing ropes with only water-resistant sheaths. 

  • Golden Dry water repellent treatment
  • Unicore construction
  • Item #BEA000P

Type
single, half, twin
Diameter
8.5mm
Dry Treatment
Golden Dry
Static Elongation
[single] 10 %, [half] 12 %, [twin] 10 %
Dynamic Elongation
[single] 40 %, [half] 40 %, [twin] 40 %
Impact Force
[single] 12 kN, [half] 8 kN, [twin] 12 kN
UIAA Falls
[single, half] 5, [twin] 12
Center Mark
yes
Sheath Construction
Unicore
Sheath Mass
37 %
Rope Weight
48g/m
Claimed Weight
[50m] 5lb 4.6oz, [60m] 6lb 5.6oz, [70m] 7lb 6.5oz, [80m] 8lb 7.5oz, [90m] 9lb 8.4oz
Recommended Use
climbing
Manufacturer Warranty
3 years

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 1

Weighs 55 g/m not the 48 g/m spec

Title says it all. I have a Beal Joker 9.1 and just opened the Opera 8.5 and thought "these weight the same?". I took the time to weigh the rope on two different scales and it came in at ~8.5 lbs. For 70m that is ~55 g/m way more than the 48 g/m advertised. Maybe the rope is actually 80m long? That would make the math work out..... not going to uncoil it and measure though. UPDATE: And I figured out the reason for this. Per Mountain Project at least. "As I and "SteveF" mentioned, the official way (IUAA?, EC?) used by manufacturers to measure rope weight per meter is to take a piece (?? how long, but probably about 2 to 3 meters) hang a 10kg weight from it for 1 minute. This puts some stretch in the rope. ( but less than the "% elongation" percentage, which is done with 80kg). THEN, mark a 1 meter length, then cut rope at the marks, and weigh the "1 meter" piece. The cut piece will, once it "returns" to its "normal un-stretched length", will be slightly shorter than 1 meter, and thus will weigh slightly less (in g/m) than a meter of "un-stretched" rope, i.e. the g/m arrived at by weighing the rope and dividing by its length in meters, whether the nominal meter length on the label, or the actual length as determined by measuring it on the ground."

>Rating: 5

Best alpine rope

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

We have been using these ropes extensively at my guide service and have been amazed at the durability and lasting water repellency. I have also used this rope personally climbing everywhere from thousands of feet of granite rock climbing in Patagonia to long ice climbs in Alaska and wet climbs on Mt baker. It excels in all areas where weight and supple handling is a priority. It will be my go to climbing rope for a long time.

>Rating: 5

It works.

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

If you aren't afraid of skinny ropes, this one is great choice. I bought the rope for alpine climbing but have used it for everything between rock cragging and snow slogging. As Alan mentioned in his review, it is pretty stiff at first but quickly softens to become more comfortable to handle. The sheath seems to be holding up well. The rope does stretch a lot but that is represented in its technical stats and doesn't bother me personally. The biggest downside to this rope is that its narrow diameter makes some of my partners nervous.

>Rating:

Milk Bottle

Sitting at the top of Starlight @~14,200'

Sitting
>Rating: 5

So light!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I bought this line for a Thunderbolt - Mt Sill traverse. It served fantastically for alpine climbing. Keeping the weight to a minimum but providing the security of a single rated line! While stiff at first it quickly became supple in the hand. Regardless of any concerns of durability the rope handled plenty of terrain belays on rough Sierra granite without issue. Two full length single strand (+ 6mm tag line) raps into the U-Notch were managed with ATCs in high friction mode but nothing more was required even with loaded packs. If this rope is in your budget and you're confident with ultra skinny lines this one will make all your partners and pack happy!

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Just received

I just received this in 60m last week (@Bill Porreca thanks for the special order!). Will be using it for a Thunderbolt - Mt. Sill traverse where there is enough technical climbing to want a dynamic rope and opportunity to maximize speed via a couple longer repels but all can be bypassed. The ratings. listed on BC.com are the official UIAA ratings. The photo I've shared here has the complete rope information direct from Beal including the numbers they feel the rope is capable of, though UIAA ratings are probably better for comparison as they are generated from standardized tests. The Beal site also includes the following warning: Used as single rope, this is not a rope to put in all hands, or in all belaying devices: Its thinness makes it a rope which absolutely demands an expert belayer. In effect, traditional belay devices will offer reduced braking, and some automatic belay devices may not work at all.

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