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General Climbing Discussion

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shonky awards - choice.com.au
rockranga
26/10/2010
12:54:38 PM
thought this was interesting - at the bottom there's mention of a rope maker that isn't producing proper ropes. Does anyone know anything more about this?

http://www.news.com.au/business/coles-and-commonwealthbank-get-choice-shonky-awards/story-e6frfm1i-1225943651297
TeeRex
26/10/2010
1:06:00 PM
Medalist is a low end tool brand. Might be the stuff you buy from Bunnings? $10 for 30m length, it's great for tying a ladder onto your roof racks. The sheath looks vaguely like dynamic rope, but the core looks like the stuff they use to make Chux Wipes.

But really, who is going to buy their climbing rope from Bunnings? And what climbing shop would risk their reputation and a climber's life by selling rubbish rope?

dave h.
26/10/2010
1:14:22 PM
Company: Medalist

Product: Recreational rope

Background information: Sold for $9.99 the rope's braided exterior bares an uncanny resemblance to proper climbing rope. Its label even states it conforms to Australian standards and is suitable "outdoor recreational use”. Our tests showed it's hardly stronger than string and is basically stuffed with nothing tougher than tissue paper. It stretches and snaps with minimum force and should certainly NOT to be used for any recreational purposes.

From the SMH
http://www.smh.com.au/national/choice-statement-20101026-171j0.html
patto
26/10/2010
2:08:59 PM
My father bought that sort of rope for general use in the garden. I got to play with it first hand when helping him move the 14,000L water tank he installed in the garden.

It was absolutely rubbish stuff. It was about 10 or 11mm and inside the sheath it had a elongated foam type filling that had a slight amount of tensile strength. Nobody, even an idiot, would use it for out door climbing. But you could definitely see people setting up a kids swing with it.

It certainly doesn't look like 'climbing rope' but it does look like your general purpose 10mm rope.

MisterGribble
26/10/2010
2:11:08 PM
On 26/10/2010 TeeRex wrote:
>But really, who is going to buy their climbing rope from Bunnings? And
>what climbing shop would risk their reputation and a climber's life by
>selling rubbish rope?

Did we not recently see Aldi selling belay devices ?
TeeRex
26/10/2010
2:13:23 PM
On 26/10/2010 MisterGribble wrote:
>On 26/10/2010 TeeRex wrote:
>>But really, who is going to buy their climbing rope from Bunnings? And
>>what climbing shop would risk their reputation and a climber's life by
>>selling rubbish rope?
>
>Did we not recently see Aldi selling belay devices ?

Darwinian Selection?
patto
26/10/2010
2:37:04 PM
On 26/10/2010 MisterGribble wrote:
>On 26/10/2010 TeeRex wrote:
>>But really, who is going to buy their climbing rope from Bunnings? And
>>what climbing shop would risk their reputation and a climber's life by
>>selling rubbish rope?
>
>Did we not recently see Aldi selling belay devices ?

Yes. And they were good belay devices at a great price of $10.

On 26/10/2010 TeeRex wrote:
>Darwinian Selection?

I bought 4 of them!
TeeRex
26/10/2010
2:49:11 PM
I'm delighted that you are still with us!
rockranga
26/10/2010
3:31:03 PM

>Nobody, even an idiot, would use it for out door climbing.


Saw a guy at Arapiles, he asked how he could walk to the top of the Bard, he wanted to drop a 200m static rope down then solo up. Let's be honest, these idiots exist.
J.C.
26/10/2010
3:40:09 PM
maybe that was his way of letting you know that he has no friends & he was asking for a belay?

MisterGribble
26/10/2010
4:30:52 PM
On 26/10/2010 rockranga wrote:
>
>Saw a guy at Arapiles, he asked how he could walk to the top of the Bard,
>he wanted to drop a 200m static rope down then solo up. Let's be honest,
>these idiots exist.

Many many years ago I saw a 3000' static line dropped down the Wall of Early Morning Light on El Cap and a young maid stood at the bottom of it with the intention of jumaring up it that night, which I later found out she did.

Solo toproping Bard is for Wimps!

ajfclark
26/10/2010
4:32:17 PM
On 26/10/2010 MisterGribble wrote:
>a young maid stood at the bottom of it with the intention of jumaring up it that night,

Why?

ajfclark
26/10/2010
6:00:30 PM
You missed spotting from your list...

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