- Half or twin rope for climbing ice, mixed, or multi-pitch rock
- 7.8mm diameter is Sterling's lightest and thinnest
- DryXP treatment offers UIAA-certified water resistance
- Item #STE002K
- Q & A
The perfect alpine ropes
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Bought a pair of 40m about a year and a half ago and have used them from Colorado rock and ice to PNW glaciers. So far they are holding up well. Handling is really nice - supple right out of the box.
For glacier travel, couloirs, or snowy ridge lines, use a single rope and the small diameter and light weight mean you won't have an annoying boa constrictor of coils around your neck. When things get more difficult it's super quick to tie in the second one and start climbing. 40m leads or raps and still more than two pounds lighter than my 9.5mm 70m...plus you can make your partner carry one ;)
Dry treatment is effective; I've used these on late spring running waterfall ice climbs and they stayed pliable.
For general mountaineering, ice, and alpine rock these might be the perfect ropes. Just make sure your belay device works with the tiny diameter.
Great ropes, right out of the package they feel supple and soft. They are very easily distinguished from each other with their bold color difference. Dry coating seems pretty effective in keeping them from freezing up too badly ice climbing. As far as using them for multipitch rock, they are great but realize that they will wear much more quickly than a standard 9.4+mm climbing rope. Still worth it to have them in the rope pile!
Bought matching 30m ropes, which allows for significant versatility. This rope is great for ski mountaineering. Itâs light weight, dry treated, and has a good feel. It is easy to just throw the rope in my bag on days were we have unknown challenges, raps, or semi technical/exposed ahead. TBD on durability.