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Choosing the Best Rock Climbing Ropefrom: Maxx Adventure Travel
If you're going to get started rock climbing, you must understand that everything you do should begins with safety. It's critically important that you always use the proper equipment for a project. One of the most important pieces of is the rope you use. There are many different sizes available for rock climbing -- thinner rope for ice climbing, and thicker rope for more rugged terrain. Determining which rope you'll need will mainly depend on what type of surface you'll be climbing.
Once you've determined the type of climb you'll be doing, you can purchase rock climbing rope, wich ranges in price from about $165.00 to $200.00 and more. Sometimes you can use your rope more than once, but usually the rope has gone under so much strain, it's probably not safe enough to use again. However, there are ways to preserve your rope for future user. One of the main reasons rope isn't useable a second time is due to water damage. Water soaked ropes will become brittle and break easier under pressure.
One way to avoid this is to avoid climbing where water is present, however most rock climbers realize it's likely they'll encounter water on most climbs. You might consider purchasing one of the sprays available that can act as a waterproofing device. They aren't slick once applied and can shield the rope from minor water damage.
Always check your rope thoroughly before each climb, as well as your other equipment, including harnesses and shoes to make sure the tread is thick enough to prevent slippage.
You should take special care to properly store your rock climbing ropes. You should store your rope in a cool place free of water and out of the sunlight, which will help protect the integrity of the rope. Rope brushes are available to clean off dust and debris that could damage the rope. Safety checks of all equipment is the normal practice for rock climbers.
For short climbs, you'll likely be able to use one rope several times before it starts to show any signs of damage, but on larger climbs, it's always prudent to start with a new rope.
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