If you are storing your rope for a while or stuffing it away in a back pack, coiling a climbing rope is worth the effort and will save you lots of time untangling knots that have mysteriously tied themselves in the middle of your rope.
Coiling a Climbing Rope
To start, find the middle of your rope. Some ropes have a convenient middle marker to make this easy. If yours doesn't, find both ends and hold them together. Shuffle both the strands of rope through your hands until you get to the middle point.
Next, hold the middle point in one hand and loop both strands over your shoulders. Grab them with your other hand.
Use the hand with the middle in it to reach across and grab the rope below your other hand, without letting go of the middle.
Pull your hand along the rope, creating enough space to flick the two strands in front of you over your head, so they rest on your shoulders with the first two.
Repeat this with your other hand in the opposite direction.
Keep going until all but a couple of metres is draped over your shoulders.
Use both hands to take the rope off your shoulders, draping the middle of the loops over your arm.
Taking the two ends of the rope, wrap them around all the loops near the top three or four times. It's best to go from the bottom upwards.
Push a loop of these ends through the top of the main loops of rope.
Finally, pass the two ends of the rope through this loop.
Pull it all tight and your rope is coiled!
It takes some time to get the hang of coiling a climbing rope like this, but it's worth the effort and will save you lots of time untangling knots that have mysteriously tied themselves in the middle of your rope.
To tie the rope on your back, pull the loose ends over your shoulders, cross them across your chest, then wrap them in opposite directions around your back.
Bring the ends in front of you and tie them together around your waist.
How To Stack a Climbing Rope
Coiling a climbing rope is useful when you need to carry it or pack it away neatly, but you'll need to 'stack' the rope so that it will feed out without tangles while you're climbing.
Beginning at one end, simply feed the rope into a pile on top of your rope bag, or a clean area of the ground. Tying the ends of the rope into the straps of your rope bag makes it easier to find them. When preparing to lead climb, the leader will tie into the top end of the rope.