Committing routes often dictate a need for two ropes to facilitate longer rappels on the descent or retreat. A route's characteristics and the tactics employed can create circumstances in which a single lead rope with a dedicated rappel line is a superior option over a twin or half rope system. In these instances, what tag line is the best for getting you off that remote alpine pinnacle quickly and safely?
Esprit manufactures an unusual 6mm cord they call the Alpine Personal Escape Rope (APER) that we believe fits the bill. Through field tests in the fierce winds of Patagonia, on the smooth granite of El Capitan, and while getting down from sandstone towers in Arches National Park, it excelled. The APER handled triple duty, serving as a rappel, tag, and haul line (for small loads, <60 lbs) and outclassed the competition with a combination of three qualities: light weight, durability, and stiffness. Stiff?!? Read on and learn why its unique stiffness separates it from other candidates.