- Jun 30, 2015 at 9:29 pm #1330349
Basically what the title says, has anyone had success using a climbing rope instead of (or supplementing) a sleeping pad? Maybe throw a 1/8" CCF pad on top of the rope?
Comfy? Warm? Stiff?
For use on a climbing trip where you have to backpack in thus you already have to bring a rope.Jun 30, 2015 at 9:55 pm #2211360
@rosyfinchLocale: the mountains
I did it. Once. on top of snow. It was NOT comfortable, rather it was survival :)
billyJun 30, 2015 at 10:02 pm #2211363
Jeff JeffBPL Member
Depends on your definition of success. I don't recommend it if you have a choice in the matter.
I take a 3/4 pad and supplement under my feet with my pack since it has a little bit of padding. Works great.Jul 1, 2015 at 12:17 am #2211378
Franco DarioliBPL Member
Why don't you just try it out for yourself at home (or the nearest park…) ?
That at least will solve the "comfy or not" bit.Jul 1, 2015 at 2:28 am #2211385
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Poor insulator and as lumpy as all hell.
Survival for a sit-bivy on a ledge – sure. If you have to.
CheersJul 1, 2015 at 5:13 am #2211392
Matt DirksenBPL Member
@namelesswayLocale: Mid Atlantic
And not a great way to take care of your rope, either.
Any dirt that got itself stuck in the rope would simply get mashed into it, likely breaking the rope down more quickly.
In other words: not good for your back, and not good for your equipment.Jul 1, 2015 at 5:59 am #2211399
Thanks guys, pretty much what I figured.Jul 1, 2015 at 7:35 pm #2211545
Allen CBPL Member
@acurranoLocale: SF Bay Area
I did this my first two trips up El Cap, before I knew better. It is not comfy at all but definitely better than sleeping directly on rock or dirt. A Z-light or Ridgerest is a much better option however, and you could still use the rope or your pack under your legs if you bring a short pad.Sep 25, 2015 at 11:41 am #2228673
@bivysack-com-2-2Locale: East Washington
I tried it sleeping below the Dana Couloir for a night. There was some forest duff under it anyway so I slept warm enough. It adds some warmth, but no protection from wetness like a foam pad.Nov 26, 2015 at 2:55 am #3367076
Gregory SteinBPL Member
@tauneutrinoLocale: Upper Galilee
Can you throw some sheet of poly (or cuben if you’re UL) on the rope? You can even “wrap” the rope when it is snake-folded. This will trap more air in-between the loops and provide more insulation. As for comfort – you can bring some thin pad like those of GossamerGear and save the weight of the full-length thick pad.
Don’t give-up on your ideas. Even if people here say this is a totally weird idea and it won’t work. THe key-concept is develop it through trial and error. Practice as much as you can at home first.Jan 4, 2016 at 5:22 am #3373901
Richard MockBPL Member
@moxtrLocale: The piney woods
Better than nothing, I have also heard of climbers wrapping rope around their torso as insulation i an emergency situation.
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