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Looking for a new climbing rope? At Bergzeit we carry everything from affordable 40 m single ropes for the climbing gym to super light twin and double ropes for demanding alpine routes. You are sure to find the right rope among our large selection of ropes by Beal, Edelrid, Edelweiss, Mammut, Tendon, among others.

Single Ropes

Single ropes are great all-round climbing ropes for toprope rock climbing and sport climbing, both in the gym and outdoors. You can find a list of the most important climbing rope norms as well as an explanation of the different rope types in our Climbing Rope Buyer's Guide. When buying a climbing rope for indoor use one should look for one that handles easily and has a durable outer sheath, since the closely spaced quickdraws tend to create more wear.

Those looking for affordable climbing ropes should make sure to regularly check our outlet. There you can find older models and climbing ropes on sale. Of course Bergzeit's 100-day money-back-guarantee is also valid for all outlet climbing ropes.

Climbing Rope Care

Not stepping on your rope and keeping it clean will ensure that it lasts as long as possible. However, no matter how much one tries to keep a climbing rope clean, it is always bound to get dirty over time (unless it is not used at all), be it through chalk, sweat, dirt, etc. Besides deteriorating over time, a dirty climbing rope will often become stiff and no longer run smoothly through carabiners and belay devices, making it more difficult to handle. When this happens it is probably time to wash your climbing rope. It is best to place it into lukewarm water in a bathtub and gently clean it with a mild rope cleaning product and a fine brush (Beal makes both). Alternatively one can also machine-wash climbing ropes with a mild detergent on a gentle setting for wool. CAUTION: Do not use spin cycle.

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Optima 8,9mm Climibing Rope Cousin

Optima 8,9mm Climibing Rope

Very versatile, lightweight climbing rope with certification as single, half and twin rope

139,95 € Reg. 139,95 €
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delivery time 5-10 days
60m
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Tepee II 9.9 Climbing Rope Cousin

Tepee II 9.9 Climbing Rope

Great value climbing rope with good handling benefits

139,95 € Reg. 159,00 €
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delivery time 3-5 days
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80m
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80m
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7.8 Rope Fulldry Black Diamond

7.8 Rope Fulldry

Waterproof-treated, robust climbing rope for rough weather conditons

179,95 € Reg. 179,95 €
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delivery time 3-5 days
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70m
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70m
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9.6 Rope Fulldry Black Diamond

9.6 Rope Fulldry

Treated, strong single rope for use on the wall

From 199,95 € Reg. 199,95 €
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delivery time 3-5 days
60m 70m
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9.9 Rope Black Diamond

9.9 Rope

Extremely strong climbing rope for all routes in the climbing gym

From 119,95 € Reg. 119,95 €
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delivery time 3-5 days
40m 60m 70m
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7.8 Rope Fulldry Black Diamond

7.8 Rope Fulldry

Waterproof-treated, robust climbing rope for rough weather conditons

179,95 € Reg. 179,95 €
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delivery time 3-5 days
dual orange
70m
dual purple
70m
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9.2 Rope Black Diamond

9.2 Rope

Very versatile, lightweight climbing rope with robust features for outdoor use

From 179,95 € Reg. 179,95 €
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delivery time 3-5 days
70m 80m
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9.6 Rope Black Diamond

9.6 Rope

Very robust single rope for gym climbing

From 159,95 € Reg. 159,95 €
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delivery time 3-5 days
60m 70m
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Gym 10.1 Climbing Rope Mammut

Gym 10.1 Climbing Rope

Specially designed for indoor use climbing rope with long durability

129,95 € Reg. 129,95 €
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delivery time 3-5 days
40m
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Ice Line Golden Dry Half-rope Beal

Ice Line Golden Dry Half-rope

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A great Half-rope with the benefits of a twin-rope

From 129,95 € Reg. 129,95 €
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delivery time 3-5 days
50m 60m 70m
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Wallmaster VI UniCore Climbing Rope Beal

Wallmaster VI UniCore Climbing Rope

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Rope for artificial walls

134,95 € Reg. 134,95 €
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delivery time 3-5 days
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30m
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50m
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Double 7.9 Climbing Rope Salewa

Double 7.9 Climbing Rope

Exremely light twin rope with Dry Tech finish, designed for alpine climbing, technical high alpine climbing and glacier crossings.

139,95 € Reg. 139,95 €
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delivery time 3-5 days
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60m 50m
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50m
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Double 7.9 Climbing Rope Salewa

Double 7.9 Climbing Rope

Exremely light twin rope with Dry Tech finish, designed for alpine climbing, technical high alpine climbing and glacier crossings.

139,95 € Reg. 139,95 €
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delivery time 3-5 days
yellow
60m 50m
blue
50m
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Infinity Dry Duodess 9.5 Mammut

Infinity Dry Duodess 9.5

Fully dry-treated single rope for sports and ice climbing

259,95 € Reg. 259,95 €
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delivery time 3-5 days
70m
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Stinger III 9.4 Unicore Dry Cover Climbing Rope Beal

Stinger III 9.4 Unicore Dry Cover Climbing Rope

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Reliable high-end rope for the crag and gym

From 139,95 € Reg. 139,95 €
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50m 70m
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50m 60m
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Boa 9.8 climbing rope Edelrid

Boa 9.8 climbing rope

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Lightweight sports climbing rope for with small rope diameter

From 89,95 € Reg. 89,95 €
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Apus Pro Dry 7,9 mm Half-Rope Edelrid

Apus Pro Dry 7,9 mm Half-Rope

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Lightweight twin and half rope for alpine adventures

From 129,95 € Reg. 129,95 €
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delivery time 3-5 days
oasis
50m 60m 40M 70m
icemint
50m 60m 40m 70m
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Boa 9.8 climbing rope Edelrid

Boa 9.8 climbing rope

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Lightweight sports climbing rope for with small rope diameter

From 89,95 € Reg. 89,95 €
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Cobra 10.3 climbing rope Edelrid

Cobra 10.3 climbing rope

Robust single rope with longevity and comfortable handling

From 89,95 € Reg. 89,95 €
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Cobra 10.3 climbing rope Edelrid

Cobra 10.3 climbing rope

Robust single rope with longevity and comfortable handling

From 89,95 € Reg. 89,95 €
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delivery time 3-5 days
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 Climbing Rope Buyer's Guide

Climbing Rope Buyer's Guide

A modern climbing rope has to satisfy high demands in this day and age. Climbing ropes are required to have the following characteristics:

  • sufficient tensile strength to withstand hard falls
  • a certain elasticity to reduce impact force
  • good handling and durability
  • light weight

Rope types

Mountaineering and climbing ropes can be divided into three general categories: Single ropes, half ropes and twin ropes.

There are many specialized ropes for specific uses (sport climbing, alpine climbing, ice climbing, glacier travel, etc.).

Single ropes

Single ropes are primarily used for indoor and outdoor sport climbing. They are the thickest of the three rope types, and are sufficient to break the fall of one person.

Single ropes are used as a single strand, which makes them the easiest ropes to use. The rope's diameter lies between 9.5mm and 11mm and, it usually weighs 42 - 55g/m. The thicker the rope, the stronger it is. Very thick ropes (10.5 - 11mm) however tend to create a lot of friction while running through carabiners, which can be uncomfortable when lead climbing. Single ropes are available in the standard lengths of 50m, 60m and 70m.

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Source: The North Face

The most important norm values for single ropes are:

  • Max. impact force: 12 kN
  • UIAA falls: min. 5
  • Static elongation: 8% - 10%

The more UIAA falls a rope is rated for, the higher its tensile strength is. Ropes with UIAA fall rating greater than 10 are sometimes also called multi-fall ropes.

Note: UIAA falls are designed to test a rope's strength. These tests are designed to place more strain on a rope than it would normally be exposed to in practice. A rope that can still withstand one more UIAA fall is guaranteed not to break when in use, as long as the fall does not take place under exceptional circumstances (e.g. if the rope is running over a sharp edge).

Tip: A single rope is best for indoor and outdoor sport climbing! Since most sport climbing routes are not longer than 30m, a 60m single rope is sufficient.

TIP: Rope elasticity

Climbing ropes are slightly elastic to dampen falls, which also reduces the strain placed on anchor points and quickdraws and makes it easier for both the climber and belayer to bear the force a fall.

A climbing rope's dynamic elongation absorbs part of the energy produced during a fall. The remaining energy has to be absorbed by other elements in the belay chain (rope friction, quickdraw's, etc.).

A rope's dynamic elongation (i.e. how much it stretches during a fall) is measured on the first UIAA test fall, and cannot exceed 40% under the EN norm. Higher elasticity reduces impact force, but also increases the chance of hitting the ground or protrusions in the wall. Modern climbing ropes typically have a dynamic elongation value between 28% and 35%.

TIP: Rope care

To make a rope last as long as possible it is best to store it in a cool, dark, and dry place, and ideally not in a hanging position. Only use a piece of cord or webbing to hang a rope during storage, never a single strand of the rope. Make sure to keep the rope away from chemicals, especially acids (e.g. from batteries).

Dirt also reduces a rope's handling and performance. Rope bags can help to keep a rope clean, but if it gets dirty anyway it is best to wash it by hand in luke-warm water in the bathtub. Alternately one can also machine-wash a rope (on a gentle wool setting, and always without the spin cycle!). Washing one's climbing rope from time to time improves its handling and longevity. One should take care to clean the rope gently, with specially developed brushes and mild detergents. Ropes should be place in a cool, dark place to dry, and should not be hung.

Half ropes

Half ropes are primarily used for alpine climbing, glacier travel and mountaineering.

Half ropes are great when you have to carry your gear since they are thinner (7.8 - 9mm) and lighter (ca. 42 - 55g/m) than single ropes, but not as strong. Half ropes are used in pairs for this reason.

The main advantage of half ropes, besides their weight, is that one can rappell twice is far using two half ropes as one can with one single rope (two 60m half ropes ? 60m rappel length / one 60m single rope ? 30m rappel length).

In theory one could also use two single ropes, but these would be significantly heavier and create too much friction; not recommended in practice!

Another reason for using half ropes in alpine terrain is the safety they provide through redundancy, since one has an emergency fall-back option of one rope is damaged or cut.

In certain situations one can safely use a single half rope, e.g. when belaying following climbers in a three-person climbing party, or during glacier travel.

Lead climbing with half ropes requires a special technique. The two rope strands are clipped into quickdraws in an alternating fashion to make the rope run more smoothly and to diminish the forces placed quickdraws, cams, etc. in the event of a fall. Half ropes are available in lengths of 50, 60 and 70m, though the former two are most commonly used.

Twin ropes

Twin ropes are rarely used today.

They are somewhat thinner (7 - 8mm) and lighter than half ropes, but are only suited for belaying lead and following climbers on a double strand. Using a single strand is not possible for safety reasons, meaning that it is not possible to belay to following climbers at once like can be done with two half ropes. Half rope lead climbing technique is also not applicable for twin ropes, which basically always have to be doubled up and used just like a single rope.

TIP: Waterproofing

Ropes used for glacier travel and mountaineering should definitely be waterproofed, which can be done with a water-repellant coating. A rope without such a coating will usually soak up water and become significantly heavier and difficult to handle.

Waterproof coatings can also prevent fine grit and dirt from entering a rope, which improves its longevity.

By Klaus L., founder of Bergzeit

Stat overview: Single ropes - half ropes - twin ropes
Seiltyp Einsatz, Bereich Durchmesser (mm) Meter-gewicht Normstürze Vorstieg Nachstieg
Einfachseil Sportklettern, Eisklettern 9.5 - 11 57 - 82 5 Einfach-strang Einfach-strang
Halbseil Alpinklettern, Gletschertouren, Hochtouren 7,8 - 9 42 - 55 5 Doppel-strang Einfach-strang
Zwillingsseil lange Routen, Alpinklettern 7 - 8 38 - 45 12 Doppel-strang Doppel-strang
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