Static rope

A static climbing rope

A static rope is a rope that is not designed to stretch when placed under load, in contrast to a dynamic rope. Static ropes have a wide variety of uses, for instance in fire rescue operations[1] and caving.[2]

Static ropes have some applications in climbing, though lead climbing, for instance, is always done with a dynamic rope, since a fall on a static rope is stopped too quickly[3] and may lead to serious injury.[4][5] Abseiling, however, is best done with a static rope or, alternately, with a dynamic rope with low elasticity.[6]

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  1. ^ National Fire Protection Association (2008). Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills. Jones & Bartlett Learning. p. 498. ISBN 9780763753429.
  2. ^ Jenkis, Mike; Subic, Aleksandar J. (2003). Materials in sports equipment. Woodhead. p. 288. ISBN 9780849317668.
  3. ^ Luebben, Craig (2007). Rock Climbing Anchors: A Comprehensive Guide. The Mountaineers Books. p. 203. ISBN 9781594852398.
  4. ^ Luebben, Craig (2004). Rock climbing: mastering basic skills. The Mountaineers Books. p. 73. ISBN 9780898867435.
  5. ^ Lourens, Tony (2005). Guide To Climbing. Stackpole. p. 39. ISBN 9780811701525.
  6. ^ Luebben, Craig (2000). How to Rappel!. Falcon. p. 26. ISBN 9781560447597.
  • Stewart Green. "Static Rope". Retrieved 27 February 2013.