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Old 05-09-2006, 06:35 PM   #1
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I am thinking about building an outside rope climb, and I have a question about height. Is an official Crossfit "15 foot" rope 15 feet from floor to top, or does it give you 15 feet of climb for your top hand? If the latter, does that mean the rope should be 22 feet high, give or take? Thanks.
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Old 05-10-2006, 08:51 AM   #2
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I suspect that since the substitute is 15 towel pullups, which could represent "15 one foot pulls", then a rope attached at approx 22 feet from the ground makes sense to me.
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Old 05-10-2006, 11:30 AM   #3
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I'd say make it as high as you can, up to 25 feet, as long as the structure is safe and you protect yourself from the floor in a decent manner.

I was under the impression it was a 15' long rope, end-to-end. I'm assuming this as it would seem pretty difficult to get ceilings much higher than this on a regular basis. I could easily be incorrect here.
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http://www.crossfit.com/mt-archive2/...ll-annie1.html

This is a two story building, probably at least 20 feet from the ground to the bottom of the roof structure.
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Old 05-10-2006, 04:45 PM   #5
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Hmm, the rope in the Annie video doesn't look to be much longer than 15'; the guy in the foreground doesn't seem to get his feet more than a few feet above where his head starts out. Anybody know the rope heights in Santa Cruz, or some other CF gym?
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Old 05-11-2006, 01:40 AM   #6
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I doubt that there is an optimum rope height. Higher is presumably better so you get more exercise. If you've got a tree or platform that's high, then why not use it? My rope is 22 feet from the ground, hung over a tree branch. I think that's plenty (or at least about as high as I want to climb).
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Old 05-11-2006, 07:27 AM   #7
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Would that I had a 22' or even 15' tree branch. I'm going to have to build the support, so thought I would go for "CF-spec," whatever it turns out to be.
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