Monday, April 9, 2012

Weekly Monday Gear Review: Sterling Evolution Duetto 8.4mm x 40m Alpine Touring Rope

Spring has arrived in the Rockies!  This is a fantastic time to get into the high country to enjoy the stable weather and stable snow conditions on those steep slopes that have been tempting you all season long.  In the realm of ski mountaineering, you will often find routes where a rope is not only recommended, it is required.  But unlike alpine or rock climbs, a shorter, thinner, lighter rope will very often suffice.  Whether your route involves glacier travel, climbing short sections of mixed terrain, or a rappel, the Sterling Evolution Duetto is the perfect rope for your ski mountaineering adventures.  Its 8.4 mm diameter weighs in at 45 g/m, it is available in a variety of lengths from 30 to 80 m, and it comes standard with Sterling’s DryCoreTM dry finish.  This continues to be my go-to rope for all ski mountaineering objectives:  from the Swiss Alps, to the Selkirks of Canada, to Mount Rainier, and Rocky Mountain National Park.

See you in the backcountry.
Matt Lipscomb
Colorado Mountain School Guide
AIARE Level 1 Instructor

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