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Fixed Rope Route Basics

No fixed rope tour can start without the right preparation and tactics. Thorough planning in advance ensures a wonderful climbing experience. With our tips, you not only go safely up, but also come safely back down.

Tips and Tricks

  • Dont try and move mountains in the beginning. Start with easier routes – you will notice your mobility on the rocks will get better as time goes by.
  • Use your energy: start slowly instead of full steam ahead. Remember that you have to come back down and unpredictable situations can occur that require energy. Those who are well-trained can react appropriately to such situations. The same rule applies with a mountain bike marathon as does with «using your energy»: whoever rides too fast into the hills doesn’t reach their goal.
  • The brake cable must never be wrapped around the body or shortened with a knot. These measures prevent the dynamic interception of the person during a fall and thus hinder the function of the climbing set. In the worst case, the climbing set can be torn.
  • The carabiners should always be attached individually to the intermediate safety point and never at the same time.
  • In steep passages, it is better to push the two carabiners along with one hand on the wire rope. This means that the carabiners are in reach when you must reposition them.
  • When walking on cable bridges, place your feet at an angle to the direction of the rope so you can stand safer. There should always only be one climber on a bridge.
  • Climb the climbing path as much as possible, the wire rope serves primarily as a safety device and is not intended as a climbing aid. If this is not possible, make sure that only one climber is in the rope section at a time. Otherwise it is possible that the person in front will fall on your head. Additionally, with two simultaneous loads the entire cable construction will be very wobbly.
  • Avoid falling rocks – and feel the gratitude of the climbers around you.
  • Get serious weather information, when there is a thunderstorm be sure to start on time (with a sufficient reserve buffer for unforeseen events) or do not commence the climb at all. When there is a severe change in weather turn around immediately during the tour.
Climbing in Flims

Climbing equipment

  • A comfortable waist belt with adjustable leg loops, just like mountain climbers use, in the best circumstance with a hang test at the time of purchase. Specialist shops provide professional equipment and advice.
  • A modern climbing set with shock absorbers and carabiners, which can easily and securely be used.
  • A shock absorber, also called a brake cable is a specially sewn rope in a grey bag. In the event of a fall the seams tear open, the band lengthens and acts as a decelerator. However if you only take a sling, a possible fall will feel as if you jump into the garden from your tree house without support.
  • Mandatory: a helmet. It protects you against falling rocks from other climbers and falls. It should be tight and have good ventilation.
  • An additional belt sling with a carabiner is helpful if you need a break while you are vertical and you want to additionally protect yourself.
  • Climbing suitable shoes: Here there are different philosophies. If you believe the manufacturers, there is an optimal shoe for every difficulty level. You would then have five pairs of mountain boots in the closet. A solid sole is important. Additionally, the shoe should be suitable for the climb and descent, and in that respect sneakers are ruled out. The most modern shoes offer so-called «climbing zones» so beginners feel more confident.

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