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Up a wall without a rope.
You'll be grateful you stowed Beal's Rando Climbing Rope inside your ski pack when your touring partner takes you down a couloir only to face a 15-meter vertical drop. At a mere 37 grams per meter, the Rando barely weighs down your pack, and it's more compact than your avy gear, so you can still bring that second lunch you know you'll want. Although not normally used for lead climbing falls, the Rando has the UIAA certifications for twin rope use, so pair it up with another twin and head up glaciers or the Grand Teton confidently.
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Nice little rope for backcountry skiing.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This rope is superlight and takes up minimal space in my touring pack. It's nice to have on hand just in case you need to be on belay when you make a ski cut. Living in Utah, I have yet to you use it for any glacial travel, but I'd imagine you'd want something with a dry finish if you're going to use it for that. Otherwise, I'd say this is a solid little cord.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Rope is effective in a 2 person glacier crossing. However, i would not recommend heavy rock climbing with rope. After all it is only 8mm. I like it!