17. Lead Ropes & Haul Lines

In this video we continue our discussion of the gear necessary for aid and big wall climbing.

– Dynamic Lead Line – 60 meters is standard, but some routes may require 70 meter rope. Check the topo or ask other climbers for beta.

– Static Line or Dynamic Line – Used for hauling. A static line stretches less and is more efficient for hauling—but a second dynamic line can serve as a backup lead line if you get a core shot or otherwise damage your primary lead line. This is a matter of personal preference for most climbers.

– Haul Bag – Typically 1 large haul bag per climber depending on the climb. Smaller haul bags may be appropriate for shorter walls, or a mix of one large bag and one small. Again, many options, but keep it as simple and lightweight as possible!

We hope you found this video helpful. Feel free to comment below with questions or thoughts!


Please remember, climbing is inherently dangerous. Climb at your own risk.