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Rated 4 out of 5 by from No issues Bought this rope for glacial travel for 2 and 3 person teams. Took it up Mt. Rainier in late September and it worked great. Due to its lightweight and 30m length it easy to pack. Color is bright enough to see well even in the darkest of nights on the mountian. It takes knots well, bites tight, but also unties easily. Comparing this to another 8mm rope I notice the sheath isnt as 'smooth' as the other rope...but this in no way made any difference while climbing or tying in. Buy with confidence.
Date published: 2009-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Short rope, but good for general mountaineering This got a low rating from a previous reviewer, but I think they are confused as to its intended use. It clearly states in the description that its designed for glacier travel and traverse work. It is not intended for technical leads on high angle rock. Edelweiss makes many excellent ropes and has one for almost every need. The previous rating of one star is misleading as they are rating REI product availability and not the actual product. I am not associated with REI or Edelweiss in any way, so no biased review here. I do a lot of climbing, both technical big wall as well as winter mountaineering for over 30 years. I own many ropes from different manufactures for different climbing scenarios. I see this rope being a real plus on glacier traverses and steep snow and ice up to 50 deg. where falls are generally low impact and forces generated are well under the rated kilo-newtons. Particularly applicable for short belays when partners need to be within visible range and maybe occasionally simul-climbing with a running belay. The lighter weight, water and abrasion resistance, and dynamic stretch make it a good choice for the experienced mountaineer within the stated mountain environment.
Date published: 2014-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Supplement to previous reviews "Well actually..." the 1-star reviewer isn't totally out of line. ALL of these reviews are generally correct. This 8mm half-length rope is a fantastic choice for general mountaineering (hence my 5-star rating). But it is not, as the name incorrectly suggests, and as the 1-star reviewer accurately stated, a "twin" rope. Twin ropes are used in pairs for technical rock climbing where there is a benefit to using two full length (60-70m) 8-9mm ropes in parallel but not clipping both ropes into every protection point, versus using a single 10-11mm rope clipped into every point, usually related to friction or shortening falls. This is sometimes the case for very laterally "wandering" trad routes. And the 1-star reviewer is correct in his frustration that REI doesn't carry technical twin ropes. So if you are looking for a single rope for technical rock climbing, this isn't it. If you are looking for a twin rope for technical climbing, this isn't it, in spite of what the name suggests. If you are looking for a short, light rope for general mountaineering, you've found it. Hope this helps.
Date published: 2014-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Supplement to previous supplement This is in fact and most definitely a twin rope despite what the previous reviewer said. (Twin ropes are both clipped into one biner. Half ropes are clipped one rope per biner/pro.) Great for moderate alpine/glacier travel...would definitely work as a twin rope set up on a short ice pitch.
Date published: 2016-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent alpine rope The reviewer with the low rating clearly doesn't understand the purpose of this rope. It is not a general, high angle, climbing rope - of which many are listed on the site. This is an excellent rope for low angle ice and snow traverse. Can also use to traverse a short scree field on a running belay.
Date published: 2014-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Value This is a great smaller rope and a good value. Only nit pic is the listed weight of 42g/m appears inaccurate, as the rope I purchased is 47.5g/m.
Date published: 2012-08-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Wow, horrible selection Where's the selection? there are no 60 or 70m half or twin ropes to chose from on the site. Although this rope is very useful in certain situations it is not for standard use at a crag. This means that they effectively have no selection for regular use half and twin ropes. REI has been getting worse and worse with the available gear on its site and in its stores. :(
Date published: 2014-03-29
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Questions & Answers

Can this rope be used for rock climbing?

Asked by: Keegan
​This rope is designed for glacier travel an is not recommended for rock climbing due to length and diameter. Please take a look at our expert advice on how to choose climbing ropes: https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ropes.html
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-01-27
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