Edelweiss Axis 10.3
This was my first rope and, I think, a very good one…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $120
This was my first rope and, I think, a very good one for that purpose, but not much else. It's proven super durable over several seasons but has a high weight per meter that makes it as heavy as my 70m Sterling Velocity 9.8mm. Superb value including double dry treatment and a pretty decent rope bag.
- Excellent value
- Comes with bag
- Double dry treated
- Very heavy
- Low quality rope bag
- Mediocre handling
I bought my Edelweiss Axis 10.3mm rope in 2010 as my first climbing rope. I've used it for hundreds of sport and trad climbs including multipitch routes and despite its glaring drawbacks of weight and feel, I still have a soft spot for it and break it out for any hangdog day, beginner top-rope fest, or meandering trad climb.
It's never frayed much despite running over rock in undesirable situations. This thing has seemed pretty bombproof for a rope. I think it's a no-brainer for a first rope because it's tough as nails, treated, under $150 and has its own usable bag (which will eventually fall apart but hey, free bag.)
Weight won't really matter as you start out, but strong confidence in your line is critical and it will still be in good enough shape to be your 'B' rope in a few seasons when you eventually upgrade.