Can someone recommend a fragile, expensive rope?

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Re: Can someone recommend a fragile, expensive rope?

Postby nathanroser » Nov 3, 2011 10:23 am

You could try some live gold electrical wiring, that'll take care of both your needs pretty quickly.
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Re: Can someone recommend a fragile, expensive rope?

Postby Scott McCrea » Nov 3, 2011 10:36 am

Jeff Bartlett wrote:Is that Run DMC? I love how, like, I leave Cavechat for a year and now Scott's posts are even more bizarre than mine.

I was posting their expensive, fragile ropes--hanging around their necks.
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Re: Can someone recommend a fragile, expensive rope?

Postby Jeff Bartlett » Nov 3, 2011 10:39 am

I just don't think I can successfully rappel on Run DMC.
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Re: Can someone recommend a fragile, expensive rope?

Postby Scott McCrea » Nov 3, 2011 10:48 am

It's Tricky.
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Re: Can someone recommend a fragile, expensive rope?

Postby Carl Amundson » Nov 3, 2011 10:49 am

Jeff Bartlett wrote:I just don't think I can successfully rappel on Run DMC.

People have unsuccessfully rappelled on less. :big grin:
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Re: Can someone recommend a fragile, expensive rope?

Postby Stridergdm » Nov 3, 2011 11:04 am

Scott McCrea wrote:It's Tricky.


I see what you did there.
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Re: Can someone recommend a fragile, expensive rope?

Postby wyandottecaver » Nov 3, 2011 6:25 pm

my recommendation for the product you seek

would have a sheath woven by crack addicts from the toe hairs of Indiana Bats

a core composed of the ashes from the gutenburg bible, original copies of the magna carta and declaration of independence, the shroud of turin, the deed to the new NSS Headquarters, and the crushed dust of the british crown jewels held together by glue produced from the top 5 Stud horses in the world.
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Re: Can someone recommend a fragile, expensive rope?

Postby LukeM » Nov 4, 2011 6:58 am

wyandottecaver wrote:my recommendation for the product you seek

would have a sheath woven by crack addicts from the toe hairs of Indiana Bats

a core composed of the ashes from the gutenburg bible, original copies of the magna carta and declaration of independence, the shroud of turin, the deed to the new NSS Headquarters, and the crushed dust of the british crown jewels held together by glue produced from the top 5 Stud horses in the world.


Hmm, I wonder if the core of glue and powdered treasures would disqualify this from being called rope. I'd hate to see the handling properties of this one, thought I'd imagine that what it lacks in handling it makes up for by being imbued with magical powers. :big grin:
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Re: Can someone recommend a fragile, expensive rope?

Postby Tito the Turtle » Nov 6, 2011 4:17 pm

:rofl: magical crack powers
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Re: Can someone recommend a fragile, expensive rope?

Postby Jon » Nov 6, 2011 11:11 pm

How about ceiling burner hose with a core of Sten 1 meter extension cables hooked together?
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Re: Can someone recommend a fragile, expensive rope?

Postby Batgirl » Nov 7, 2011 6:21 pm

Oh, for crying out loud! You guys obviously need to go outside and play. :kaver:

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Re: Can someone recommend a fragile, expensive rope?

Postby Amazingracer » Nov 7, 2011 9:36 pm

I have always been partial to "high speed" HDMI cables, they are like what $40 a foot?
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Re: Can someone recommend a fragile, expensive rope?

Postby hunter » Nov 7, 2011 9:48 pm

:yeah that:

You are on a roll Jeff! I hate to ruin a somewhat ridiculous series of posts but the honest answer to this question for caving is: climbing rope. It is generally expensive per foot, sometimes 1$+, and has very different design requirements that tend to make it "fragile" as far as caving goes. It is also becoming very common with climbing gyms around so it is what some people first think of for life support.
I should add the caveat that I have ascended a fair amount of climbing rope in caves as a result of running out of static or first rigging it on a climb. It works but takes extra care and is not usually a good use of money not to mention the irritation of it being dynamic.

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Re: Can someone recommend a fragile, expensive rope?

Postby Larry E. Matthews » Nov 8, 2011 7:28 pm

I am so disappointed that no one has come up with a SERIOUS answer to this question. Is it your lack of experience?

Well, I have the answer: Goldline.

Goldline was VERY expensive when I was in college, but I bought some anyway. It was supposed to be much better than Manila (which we normally used) and much stronger.

My Goldline rope broke just as I cleared the lip and started into free-fall in the Great Saltpeter Chasm here in Tennessee. It was a miracle I was not killed. My total fall was 42 feet and I hit three (3) ledges on the way down.

Years later, I found out that Al Ogden also had a Goldline rope break with him. He landed in an upright position and broke BOTH ankles. I'm not sure how far he fell.

And you thought there wasn't a real, correct answer.

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Re: Can someone recommend a fragile, expensive rope?

Postby NZcaver » Nov 8, 2011 9:28 pm

I was thinking 6mm Spectra would be in the running, but in light of Larry's tale I'll defer to Goldline.
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