Topos and Route Length

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Topos are meant to give you an idea of the route’s char­ac­ter, steep­ness, grade and the pro­tec­tion re­quired. A good topo also tells you how long the route or pitch is. As stan­dards are pushed, sin­gle pitch routes can reach up to 80 me­tres. If you have a 60- me­tre rope, you won’t be able to reach the ground from the top of an 80- or 70- me­tre climb. Too many times, climbers have been in­jured or killed be­cause the be­layer did not re­al­ize the end of the rope was about to rip through the be­lay de­vice be­cause the rope was too short for the pitch. Use a rope that will get you safely to the ground, tie knots in the end of the rope and use good judg­ment when rap­pelling or low­er­ing.–

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