Hi Folks, I'm wanting to get anyone's experience with climbing/rappelling on very sandy surfaces. I live in Mobile Alabama and only enjoy traditional climbing and rappelling by traveling north a few hundred miles. We do have several nearby locations particularly for rappelling, but they are all natural earth escarpments of clay and very sandy plateaus.
I'm very hesitant to pitch $200+ of "real" (UIAA certified) rope down the cliff! I have considered buying used rope? Logged out rope? Not too thrilled about either! I am considering 7/16" yacht braid??? At 30-40 bucks and it's rated at 6,000 lbs +/- depending on brand. It's softer and a lot more open braid so I know it will collect sand fast but it seems it would wash out easy too. I have played with it a little in the privacy of my backyard and it behaves OK in belay devices. At that price I can replace it after a dozen or so uses. There is one rappel in Mississippi about 600 feet with many of these sandy plateaus, and I sure want to get to the bottom!
Anyone have any experience or better ideas?