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Old 02-03-2006, 04:15 PM   #1
Randy Roper
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Wondering if anyone purchased the 2" white climbing rope on the special offer from west marine. We did and it was not what I expected. i.e: I can't climb it! I thought my grip was really weak, but most of the good climbers from our unit can't get up it. It has very tiny weaves and is super slippery. Has anyone else experienced this, are there ways to 'break in' a rope or make it easier to grip.
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Old 02-03-2006, 05:26 PM   #2
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I've got a plain old manilla rope and it works great. I've always thought those synthetic ropes looked slippery. I've never used one though.

Maybe you could look at it like a thick bar or a rotating pullup bar. Call it the "tactical elite" rope and then you'll think it's cool.
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Old 02-03-2006, 10:37 PM   #3
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> Call it the "tactical elite" rope and then you'll think it's cool.

Then he'd have to paint it black. :biggrin:
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Old 02-03-2006, 11:38 PM   #4
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Speaking of which, does anyone know what type of rope Cirque Du Soleil uses for their Spanish web performers? I think the show was Saltimbanco. The ropes looked like they were w really fine weave. The performers were climbing them with ease, in a pike etc.
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Old 02-04-2006, 12:15 AM   #5
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I found a link, the Spanish web is smooth-surfaced.

http://www.cyberianrealty.net/ForMyD...spanishweb.htm

Also-

"*Corde lisse
[Category: 'Corde lisse' facts and description]
Corde lisse is an aerial circus*(circus: A genus of haws comprising the harriers)* skill or act that involves acrobatics*(acrobatics: The performance of stunts while in flight in an aircraft)* on a vertically hanging rope. The name is French*(French: The Romance language spoken in France and in countries colonized by France)* for "smooth rope".
The ropes are normally made from soft cotton and are about 25-30mm thick.
Corde Lisse moves are normally a combination of held postures and drops.
It is closely related to silks, another aerial circus skill performed on one or two long strips
of strong fabric, often in bright colours.
The visual effect can be stunning.
It requires great skill and strength. Performers do not have any kind of safety net or safety
line, relying on their own strength and ability to prevent a fall.
The most famous use of aerial circus skills such as these has been for the BBC's test-card.
Cirque de Soleil use corde lisse, silks and trapeze*(trapeze: A swing used by circus acrobats)* in their shows."

From:
http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/reference/corde_lisse




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