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Yup, outdoors is different. Caught a guy taking a 120' whipper years ago.
As a former climber, I'm fairly familiar with modern lines, both sailing and climbing. Most gym climbing ropes are relatively short, since the climbs are somewhat constricted in their height. Most would not be suitable for use as anchor rodes, due to their length.
The longer ropes that might be suitable for anchor rode use are not generally used in an indoor or controlled climbing environment—and they most certainly could have been exposed to loads greater than 500 lbs.
He was a little spooked after that.
Even at that, the load probably never hit much over 1000 pounds, since there was ~ 120 feet of rope out (as you know, forces approach 2500 pounds, but only with a 1.8 fall factor). The knot was not hard to untie, and I was barely lifted from the ground. It was a youngster, not my regular partner, and he thought running it out would be cool, I guess.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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