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Tubular Webbing as static line protection?
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HI all
I have been climbing for about 3 months. I have a question about the static lines used to set the anchors in a Top Rope set up. The static line is set up such that it has to lay across/over some rough rocks. I want to protect the static line from the rocks. I know the line should not move once a climber starts to climb, but I still want to minimize the possibility of friction/rocks edges/wear and tear/etc on the lines as they get settled in to place.

So my question is can/should I use some 1 inch tubular webbing as a cover/sheath(put the static line inside the tube of webbing) on those rough spots. I would not use the tubular webbing for anyother purpose and I do not care if it gets beat up.

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Yup, you absolutely can. It works great.


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I saw this technique in a climbing book, tried it myself, and must say that it works very well. The biggest problem is threading the static rope through the tubular webbing. A length of wire hooked into the end of the rope helped in pulling 11mm static line through 20 feet of tubular webbing. The webbing is in the middle of the static rope which is tied into a figure 8 on a bight to clip the double lockers to, and the two arms of the static line are anchored to big things, eg. trees.


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The biggest problem is threading the static rope through the tubular webbing. A length of wire hooked into the end of the rope helped in pulling 11mm static line through 20 feet of tubular webbing.

I wouldn't recommend that approach. I never had any issue to thread 1 inch tubular webbing on my 10.2 mm static line. I would be worry of a beginner damaging the static rope while using a wire. Also, I feel no need to get a wide rope, like 11mm. 10.2 or so is usually enough. I cut the webbing in short pieces, let say 5 feet, and thread it. It goes easily that way and you can slide the webbing to where the rope rubs the rock and where the carabiners are. Also, if the webbing gets damaged, you can replace just the short section in question.


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You can use 1" or 2" webbing as a edge padding, but I took an old pair of jeans and cut the legs off and use them as padding. A couple of friends of mine use the cloth of an old firehose. PMI also sells a rubber circular "thingy" for edge padding. Its light, it has a cut down the side of it so you can place the rope through it. I bought two of them several years ago and they work pretty good also.


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I also use 1" tubular webbing. 2" would be a bit nicer, but the 1" does juuust fine.


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