Static rope

A static rope is a rope that is not designed to stretch when placed under load, in contrast to a dynamic rope. Static ropes have a wide variety of uses, for instance in fire rescue operations[1] and caving.[2]

They have some applications in climbing, though lead climbing, for instance, is always done with a dynamic rope, since a fall on a static rope is stopped too quickly[3] and may lead to serious injury.[4][5] Abseiling, however, is best done with a static rope or, alternately, with a dynamic rope with low elasticity.[6]

See also


  1. National Fire Protection Association (2008). Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills. Jones & Bartlett Learning. p. 498. ISBN 9780763753429.
  2. Jenkis, Mike; Subic, Aleksandar J. (2003). Materials in sports equipment. Woodhead. p. 288. ISBN 9780849317668.
  3. Luebben, Craig (2007). Rock Climbing Anchors: A Comprehensive Guide. The Mountaineers Books. p. 203. ISBN 9781594852398.
  4. Luebben, Craig (2004). Rock climbing: mastering basic skills. The Mountaineers Books. p. 73. ISBN 9780898867435.
  5. Lourens, Tony (2005). Guide To Climbing. Stackpole. p. 39. ISBN 9780811701525.
  6. Luebben, Craig (2000). How to Rappel!. Falcon. p. 26. ISBN 9781560447597.
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