Definition of top rope in English:

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top rope



A rope lowered from above to the lead climber in a group, typically to give assistance at a difficult part of a climb.
Example sentences
  • After a few warm-up climbs on the top ropes, I set out on my mission.
  • Alan and I are going to do our first lead climbing with the security of a top rope, Alan first then I. Everything went better than expected.
  • In the spring of 2002, on a trekking trip I'd been hired to guide to Everest Base Camp, Jenni and I would rig top ropes and climb with the Sherpas on nearby boulders and frozen waterfalls.


(top-rope) [with object] Climb (a route or part of one) using a top rope: he will top-rope several routes (as noun top-roping) I spent several days top-roping
More example sentences
  • As I was lowered to the ground, I let them know it was really hard, and that we should head around to another rock that had a beautiful face just waiting to be top-roped.
  • It was my turn to lead, and Ryan picked this climb for me; I think it was because he wanted to top-rope a 5.8X next to it.
  • These ropes can be used for rappelling, top-roping and hauling gear like it's cousin, the static rope, but understand that these practices will put more wear and tear on the ropes and cause them to wear out faster.

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