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What kind of tail rope does your patrol use?

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Hi Friends,

Our patrol uses polypro tail ropes on our sleds. The ropes won't lay out flat, they are always getting tangled when unwinding, and they are a real pain to wind and stash. The experienced patrollers insist that this is the best kind of rope for the job. But having climbed rock and ice since I was a kid, and having a lot of experience with dry kernmantle ropes, I am not convinced that a climbing rope would not be a better solution. Any ideas on this? What does your patrol use for a tail rope? (I know many patrols don't use tail ropes, but that's a debate for a different thread).

Thanks for your input.

Halifax

post #2 of 3
Here's an experiment you could try: attach a chunk of dry kernmantle rope to the back of a sled (like next to the polypro rope) and drag it around behind so that it gets good and icy, then see how it coils and handles. I'd be interested in the results.

Thinking about nylon vs. polypro, it seems that polypro is much more hydrophobic. There must be some reason it's used for wicking undies.
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Point well taken. I'm going to put up a section of dry climbing rope with a carabiner to clip onto the existing polypro's harness. Will post findings back here. Thanks!

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