For carrying or storing, the rope is normally coiled, most commonly in the mountaineeer's coil (fig. 6-3) or the butterfly coil (fig. 6-4). Most climbers prefer one or the other, but knowing both is useful. The mountaineer's coil is advantageous when the rope is carried over a pack. But the butterfly coil is faster, doesn't kink the rope, and ties snugly to your body if you are not wearing a pack.
Whatever your method, uncoil the rope carefully before use. Untie the cinch knot and then uncoil the rope, one loop at a time, into a pile. If you just drop the coils and start pulling on one end,
you'll probably create a tangled mess.
Rope throw bags offer an alternative to coiling. These bags protect the rope, keep it cleaner and drier, and reduce chances of tangling. Throw bags have a loop of webbing sewn into the bottom of the inside. One end of the rope is tied into the loop before the rest of the rope is threaded and stuffed into the bag uncoiled. Do not connect the rope with a carabiner, because the carabiner could be damaged if the bag is thrown. Before tossing the bag— in preparation for a rappel, for example—don't forget to anchor the free end of the rope.
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