If you’ve heard of Mammut, you’ll know that they make some of the slickest gear around – especially when it comes to ropes. Although their new range is a step forward in the world of rope technology, it can be pretty confusing to keep up with their available variants. To help you find your next bundle of (nylon) joy, here’s a quick guide to their range of industry-leading ropes and rope bags…
Mammut ropes can first be broken down into their respective disciplines: Gym, Crag and Alpine. From there, each discipline has a designation that pertains to your intended use of the rope, but more on that later. As a final cherry on top, you can also choose between Dry and Classic. Confused? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered. Let’s start off with discipline-specific ropes:
Mammut’s range of gym ropes cater to the climbers that love to pull on plastic. If you fancy yourself an indoor climber above anything else, then you could definitely do with a Gym rope. The guys over at Mammut have also been kind enough to craft these babies in gym-friendly lengths so you’re not stuck lugging around a few kilograms of nylon between each climb. Trust me when I say that extra length doesn’t matter here, and 40 metres is more than enough for the gym.
If you’re all for the sense of adventure and looking to give your partner the golden belay on their project, then Mammut’s range of Crag ropes are where it’s at. Ranging from 60 metres all the way through to 80 metres, there’s a rope for every crag in SA. And yes, length really does matter here!
If you’re a masochist, and your climbing involves some form of ice, snowfall, near-death, experiences, or just some general mountaineering, then Mammut has the rope for you. Their range of Alpine ropes are made for the epics, the Fitz Roy Traverses, the Eiger! All Alpine ropes are dry-treated to ensure the best water repellence, even when you’re a few thousand above sea level and exposing your rope to the harshest of elements.
Okay, backtrack slightly. What was that word? “Dry-treated”? That brings us to the next topic of discussion: Classic versus Dry. Aren’t all ropes dry until you get them wet? No, not really. Here’s the low-down:
Classic ropes are the stock standard ropes in each range. Think of them as the perfect point of entry into your respective discipline. More affordable and cost-effective, these classic ropes are not treated with any dirt- or water-repellent materials and are generally good for all-round use. Take a step up and go for a Dry rope if you’re looking for some extra protection or intend to climb in soggy conditions; the treatment helps to not only increase the longevity of your rope, but also improves its resistance to abrasion – meaning that you don’t have to make sure you’re wearing your brown pants every time you see your rope running over a sharp edge.
Once you’ve decided on your setting and your treated or non-treated rope, think about how you’re going to use it. Mammut have split their discipline-specific ropes into 3 different categories – standard Classic or Dry, Workhorse Classic or Dry, and Sender Dry.
The standard Classic or Dry ropes are great, all-round options if you’re not too picky don’t know where to begin. A brilliant entry-level rope for general cragging is your 10.2 Crag Classic for the extra safety and longer service life.
The Workhorse range includes an improved rope construction to increase abrasion resistance, meaning these bad boys are designed to take a beating. The Workhorse ropes are ideal for projecting when you’re taking whips all day long, and are also available in Classic and Dry variants. For the gym, check out the all-time favourite 9.9 Gym Workhorse Classic to make sure you’re kitted to the nines for Mammut Lead League and not breaking the bank.
Lastly, the Sender ropes are all super lightweight options with thinner diameters for the try-hards looking to send them tasty projects. Even if the connies aren’t in your favour, at least you’ll know that your rope is rope came in its Sunday best. All Sender ropes are dry-treated to increase abrasion resistance which may otherwise be compromised by their smaller diameters. The 9.0 Crag Sender is guaranteed to get you up anything on the God No! Wall in Boven.
The only thing lacking now is somewhere to put all that nylon. If you’re not one to shove all your gear into a hiking pack, then a climbing-specific pack or a rope bag is just for you. You’ll want something that has an included rope tarp to keep your rope all in one place and out of the dirt. The Neon Smart 35L is the perfect option for those looking to keep some organisation, and the rope tarp is included for super convenient transportation of your all your gear.
That’s all for this week, and now you’re one step closer to being a well-rounded lead climber! Stay tuned for next week’s blog where Chris will be taking us through your next best piece of gear – harnesses!