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Cousin Trestec Optima 8.9mm rope review

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The Optima 8.9mm is a dry treated and triple rated rope. The triple rating for use as a single, double and twin rope make this an excellent all rounder, perfect for hard sport climbing, winter climbing and longer alpine routes. The dry treatment process it has gone through helps the rope to repel water and dirt making it a better handling rope whilst increasing the ropes longevity and versatility.

 Calum was using the ropes for trad climbing on some sandstone sea cliffs at Reiff

Calum was using the ropes for trad climbing on some sandstone sea cliffs at Reiff

The rope handled well out of its packaging, very nice, smooth and light to use for sport climbing and in particular on-sight climbing. It's thin 8.9mm diameter make it a little more challenging to handle for the belayer whilst shiny and new though. I'd strongly recommend a narrow diameter belay device for it such as the Gri-gri 2 as it is a little bit slippery when lowering someone with a normal belay device.

Calum, Old Man of Stoer (sea stack) and Cousin Trestec Optima 8.9mm

Calum, Old Man of Stoer (sea stack) and Cousin Trestec Optima 8.9mm

The rope has lasted well for a skinny single rope and I've used it for sport, trad climbing and abseiling so far. It has begun to become a little wiry as is normal for such slim ropes although this doesn't seem to affect its performance or ease of use.

Calum, Old Man of Stoer (sea stack) and Cousin Trestec Optima 8.9mm

Calum, Old Man of Stoer (sea stack) and Cousin Trestec Optima 8.9mm

Overall I was very impressed with the performance and versatility of the Optima 8.9 and would strongly recommend it as a performance sport climbing rope or a multi-purpose mountaineering rope.

Calum Muskett

Calum was born and brought up on the very edge of the Carneddau mountain range, a simple fact which has been hugely influential in his development as a climber. Calum has known the hills and mountains of North Wales since his earliest days and they have shaped his love of the outdoors and of mountain sports in particular.

At 13, Calum discovered climbing and was instantly hooked by the adventurous traditional rock climbs of Snowdonia. Since his first outing on the Idwal Slabs, he has travelled all over the world climbing difficult alpine routes as well as free climbing big walls such as El Capitan in Yosemite. Calum has a real enthusiasm about all types of climbing; he’s as happy cragging in the Llanberis Pass as he is on a committing alpine face and has a raft of new routes to his name up to E8. Calum is still as enthusiastic about his climbing now, as when he started and is always planning the next adventure!

Calum currently holds the mountain instructor award and is a winter mountain leader. You can read more about Calum on Rab’s website.

SIGNIFICANT ASCENTS IN THE UK:

The Indian Face E9 6c and Rare Lichen E9 6c
First ascents of Sentinel, Hope Faith and Charity and The Great Escape, all E8 6c
On-sight ascents of multiple E7s
Winter climbs up to Grade VIII 8

SIGNIFICANT ASCENTS ABROAD:

Golden Gate 5.13a free ascent of El Capitan
Divine Providence ED4 on Mont Blanc
The Fish F7b+ in the Dolomites
Paciencia F8a on the North Face of the Eiger
Macleod-Muskett Grade VIII 8 first ascent on Aguja Guillaumet, Patagonia

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