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Imlay Canyon Gear Unveils 2012 Rope Colors

Just in time for the holiday season, new rope colors have magically appeared from Imlay Canyon Gear. The immensely popular 8.3mm Canyon Fire now comes in the forboding “Red with Yellow” AND the cautionary “Yellow with Red,” in addition to the old balanced “Red and Yellow.” Not impressed? Okay, well take a look at the new 9mm Canyonero colors, where jungle-vine “Green with Blue” and regal “Purple with Yellow” join the aquatic blue-green weave in the line up. Combing a Canyon Fire with the three Canyonero! lines, and you have serious contrast in your rope bags. So who really cares about rope color, anyways? Is this just for canyon aestheticists and rope dorks? Though I am occasionally sheepish to admit it, I DO care about rope colors… here’s why: 1. Colors provide intuitive indicators of rope length. Though a given rope will change length over its lifetime as it wears and gets chopped, using ropes of different colors on any given trip makes it easy to tell the 80′ from the 120′ from the 200′. Instead of “give me the 200-footer,” we say, “give me the red one.” Much easier. 2. When using any two (or more) ropes together, it … Continue reading

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Canyoneering Ropes 101: Static vs. Dynamic

ROPE is one of the flashier and more expensive tools in your canyoneering tool chest. Because most canyoneers aren’t made of money, they want lots of great canyon days for the cash they shell out on a rope. Ropes are made from different fibers, for different purposes, and each one carries advantages and disadvantages. Here’s my two cents on canyon ropes and the materials used to make canyoneering ropes. Static (Canyon) Rope vs. Dynamic (Climbing) Rope Dynamic rope is built for elongation, stretching somewhere in the 6 – 12% range when weighted. Dynamic ropes are essential for protecting a rock climber’s vertical fall; the “unwinding” of the interior rope twists disperses energy, reducing the force on the climber’s body. To achieve this carefully controlled stretch, climbing ropes are made of nylon, with the interior rope core (kern) twisted tightly, and the sheath of the rope (mantle) woven more loosely. Static rope, on the other hand, is built for low-elongation; it stretches in the range of 2-4% when weighted. In a static rope, the kern strands are twisted less tightly or are straight, and the sheath is woven more tightly, reducing the rope’s elasticity. Static ropes do not protect a climber … Continue reading

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