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Fall at Cliffhanger climbing gym 30-Mar-2007 At 10:11:18 AM sticky
On 29/03/2007 BA wrote:

>Why would you use only one rope and increase the possible fall distance?
>Ego? 'Cos you're a 'macho man'? 'Cos you're not going to fall? 'Cos it
>is soooo heavy? Or because it's not trendy?

I'm climbing on doubles these days. Feels a bit odd on a sport route though - prefer a single - but on trad, nothing else. But to answer your question - why climb on a single rope?

1. You climb what you're used to. People learn climbing at the gym these days, where you use a single rope.
2. Everyone else uses single ropes too. In the UK, everyone uses doubles and no-one wears a helmet. In the US, they don't know what hexes look like but they all seem to have tricams - it's just the prevailing way. The prevailing way here is to use single ropes.
3. Ropes are bloody expensive. I couldn't afford doubles until fairly recently.

I don't think trendy has anything to do with it.

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