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post #23 of Old 04-06-2010
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Originally Posted by pdqaltair View Post
I do have a newly retired 8.6 mm ice rope that would fit nicely. Since I don't fall leading ice, it only has raps on it .
Obviously. You are alive to testify. I've often wondered if Snargs were invented mainly to give ice climbers something else to bash, or to distract themselves from the chunks of ice bouncing off their helmet. Yer a different breed, you guys are.

One thing about climbing ropes: their loosely-laid nylon cores sponge up a tremendous amount of water, and they allegedly lose quite a lot of strength when saturated -- the ability to elongate quickly & dissipate heat. Is this effect common to all nylon ropes? Is it just factored into anchor rope strength ratings? And do polyester materials experience similar de-rating when they get wet? Or -- since they are effectively static lines -- does it matter less?

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