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Climbing Rope as Sleeping Pad?


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    kristen buckland
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    @buckie06

    Locale: Colorado

    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.

    #2211360
    Billy Ray
    Spectator

    @rosyfinch

    Locale: the mountains

    I did it. Once. on top of snow. It was NOT comfortable, rather it was survival :)

    billy

    #2211363
    Jeff Jeff
    BPL Member

    @jeffjeff

    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.

    #2211378
    Franco Darioli
    Spectator

    @franco

    Locale: Gauche, CU.

    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.

    #2211385
    Roger Caffin
    BPL Member

    @rcaffin

    Locale: 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.

    Cheers

    #2211392
    Matt Dirksen
    BPL Member

    @namelessway

    Locale: 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.

    #2211399
    kristen buckland
    Spectator

    @buckie06

    Locale: Colorado

    Thanks guys, pretty much what I figured.

    #2211545
    Allen C
    BPL Member

    @acurrano

    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.

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    Dave @ Oware
    BPL Member

    @bivysack-com

    Locale: 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.

    #3367076
    Gregory Stein
    BPL Member

    @tauneutrino

    Locale: 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.

    #3373901
    Richard Mock
    BPL Member

    @moxtr

    Locale: 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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