Simple question, is is possible to buy some half ropes, where only one is triple rated for the occasions where a single is better? Adding to this, what length would be sensible? I climb in the Bristol area. 50m is usually sensibe around here for half ropes, but I think a 60m would be needed for a single. Is it a stupid idea to have a 60m tripple and 50m half alongside it? Will it be impossible to end up with ropes that feel at all like eachother if I do this?
I do this. I have a 9.1mm triple and a 8.5mm half. Works fine for me. For any route where a single is OK I just use the triple, and add the half if necessary. I'm sure a pair of matched halfs would be slicker, but with the amount of climbing I do it's not worth the extra cost. No problems abseiling either. I firmly believe that 50m ropes are fine for UK trad, and 60m ropes are just extra hauling at the belay. Getting one 60 and one 50 is indeed a stupid idea. I have tried this and it was a complete PITA.
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