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Discussion in 'Tech Tips and Gear' started by Sonny Lawrence, Feb 22, 2018.

  1. Sonny Lawrence

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    For all of my adult outdoor life I have prided myself on being terribly awful at coiling a rope. (Feels good to be proud of some skill, even if it is “terribly awful” at something!) This started with rock climbing, progressed to mountaineering, canyoning and caving. Admittedly I am marginally capable of attaching a bow line to a whitewater boat. But those days are forever over. This dog learned a new trick.


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  2. Brian in SLC

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    Huh...that's Adam R. Local crusher. I'll have to give him a bad time if/when I see him around...

    I butterfly coil in my hand...not too hard. I see these kids whippin' the rope around their neck...too funny.

    Le Papillon! A technique described for rope coiling way back in Ghastly Rubberfat's how to books (60's?).
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  3. Rapterman

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    opps wrong photo
  4. ratagonia

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    Yeah. Love doing that with a greasy oozing sandy canyoneering rope.... Not.

    How about this, not entirely instructional video:

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  5. Brian in SLC

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    Come on, throw some wet sand on it!

    Ha ha.
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    Lol
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  7. Kuenn

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    "Nolan" does that like he's done it a few times....would make a good Sherpa. Wonder if he works cheap!
  8. ratagonia

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    not anymore...
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  9. ratagonia

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    If anyone would like to be professionally trained and obtain several hours of practice until it is definitely just a muscle memory thing, we have a new shipment of ropes coming in next Tuesday and have available several hundred coiling iterations to be completed.

    Internship. No compensation other than one beer per hour. Sonny?

    Tom
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  10. Moab Mark

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    That guys got skills.

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  11. Sonny Lawrence

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    Ah, beer payment. My preferred beverage is milk. In the 70s I tried unsuccessfully to learn to drink beer. Got any cows in your neighborhood?
  12. ratagonia

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    Right next door, though I am not sure they are the milkin' kind. But we are up to 3 eggs a day from my flock... jus' sayin...
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  13. Wobot

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    PRO TIP: Start with both ends together and you'll cut coiling time in half. You will also end with a closed loop leaving your rope ready to clip/hang.
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    Not sure how you can start with both ends and end up with a double coil, as shown. Silly Wobot!

    But, Also, So, If you work from both ends, then you are pulling from the top and the bottom of the stack at the same time, and this tends to be difficult.

    Perhaps also, if the rope is spread out, starting from the middle and making a single coil makes it interesting. or really, starting anywhere with a bight and coiling two at a time (see below) does indeed run about twice as fast.

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  15. Wobot

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    Gonna have to make ya a video then. I have zero rope bags so this has been my go to method since I watched that video. Works quite well and rope is ready even though it may not seem like it. Had my fair share of sandy neck burns, nowdays I just wear gloves and lay cover on my neck.

    Brb gonna make a video...
  16. ratagonia

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    Are you a canyoneer?

    Tom
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    Not sure what that is, I just love wearing my helmet when I go hiking.
  18. ratagonia

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    Only half jokingly, I consider a person to be a canyoneer when they realize that rope bags really work (for canyoneering). If you do not realize that, you are not a canyoneer, you are a person wearing a helmet hiking through a canyon with ropes.

    It is still useful to know how to coil a rope.

    Tom
  19. Wobot

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    Oh I'm with ya a hundred percent, rope bags are indispensable for canyoneering. I wouldn't call them necessary like say, rope. But still, huge advantage. That said, I just dont own any yet and this is still a pretty sweet tool/trick to have/know. I often hang shorter ropes from my harness this way.

  20. tom_brennan

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    For longer ropes, we usually have two people coiling, one from each end.

    The first person starts coiling from the pull side, as someone else is pulling the rope. No need to wait for the rope to be down. When the rope comes down, the puller (or someone else) starts coiling from the other side. The first person usually finishes shortly after.

    NB: I am not a canyoneer as
    a) I have no rope bag
    b) I live in Australia
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