How to choose the right climbing rope (part 1)

If you are looking to buy yourself a climbing set, consider the following 4 things:

  • Type of rope: choosing single rope, double rope, double rope, or even stationary rope will depend on the type of climbing you choose.
  • Wire size: wire diameter and length will affect the weight, strength of the wire, and is an important factor in determining the purpose of using the wire.
  • Wire feature: Some features such as water resistance or wire seal will also affect how you use the cord.
    Safety stats: consider this and the type of climbing you are going to join to choose the right rope.
    Remember that safe climbing is your own responsibility. If you are a novice, expert guidance is essential.


There are two main types of climbing rope: the dynamic rope and the static rope. The belt can stretch and absorb the shock caused by a fall. Static ropes are the opposite, but are useful in situations such as placing injured people on the ground, making ropes for climbing, or reducing the load when loading things up. Do not use stationary ropes for climbs with top anchors or lead climbers, as they are not designed, tested and suitable for those purposes.


You might consider different features when comparing mountain vines. These features will affect how easy and efficient use of the cord is.

Waterproof: When the cord is exposed to water, it gets heavier and less resistant to shock due to a drop (although the cord will return to normal after drying). When the weather is cold enough to freeze, the wire gets stiff and uncontrollable. To combat this, some cords are water resistant to reduce the chance of the cord being absorbed in water.

Waterproof straps are more expensive than non-waterproof wires, so consider which one to buy. If you simply want to go for sport climbing, then waterproof rope is enough, as most sports climbers will pick up the rope when it rains. If you are climbing ice, terrain or multi-point traditional mountain climbing, you may experience rain, snow or ice, choose waterproof rope. Waterproof wire can have waterproof core, waterproof cover or both. Of course, having both will make the wire more waterproof.

Middle markings: Most climbers have a center mark, usually painted black, to help you identify the middle of the rope. This is very important when you land down.

Two-color ropes: some strings have two colors, the color-changing part will clearly divide the rope into two halves, which can be considered as a mark between the clear and fixed strings. This feature is more effective (and usually more expensive) than a conventional mid-wire seal, as the black paint can fade and become difficult to spot.

Marking on the entire rope: Some strings have two ends painted in color or painted black to indicate that the rope is almost exhausted. This feature is very useful when you are landing or taking down people.