Updated: Feb 25, 2022
Whether you are just starting out or a seasoned pro, rock climbers need several different types of accessories to ensure they stay safe and have fun. Each item is important and plays an important part in the rock climbing experience. Arguably, the rope is THE most important piece of equipment the rock climber owns for pretty obvious reasons. However, as with most things, not all climbing ropes are created equal, and they come in different sizes, lengths, and strengths. The main two types of climbing rope are static and dynamic. Dynamic ropes are designed to stretch to absorb the impact of a falling climber. Static ropes stretch very little, making them useful for pulling or lowering a climber who may be injured, and hauling gear up or down a rock face. Most climbing ropes have a certification tag on each end. This tag will tell you whether it is a single, double or twin. These numbers will be inside of a circle. Twin ropes have a sideways "8" inside a circle. You can also check the packaging the rope comes in, it will have the same information.