They look simple, but climbing ropes are actually quite complex. Before tying the knot, know how to select the right rope and how to take care of it.
All climbing ropes are dynamic: they stretch to absorb impact. They differ in diameter and length and have been tested to give you an idea of how they will perform.
A guide to selecting and using nylon, Spectra, and Dyneema webbing for runners, anchors, and slings.
How to handle your climbing rope, including care and cleaning, and when to eventually retire your lifeline.