“Gear Perspective” Double-Ended bag

When you are guiding, there are several tasks that require using two ends of a rope. This two ends can come from two different ropes, but can also come from the same rope:

  • Tope rope belays
  • Retrievable safety lines
  • Rigging a fixed line for edge management for a rappel station
  • Some rescue maneuvers like a 2:1 droop loop

And, basically any task that involves a second rope, and can be achieved with one rope as long as the length is adequate for the task at hand.

  • If you do not have a rope bag, you can end up with quite a mess on the canyon floor.
  • If you have a regular bag, you will need to dump the rope to get the other end at the bottom of the bag.
  • You could pack your bag “Mid Point Down & Two Tails Up”. This makes for a nice solution, but it needs to be a special ample bag to work properly, like the Rodcle tails-up bag.
  • You could use your canyoneering backpack if it is designed for tails-up rope transport.

If none of these options work for the routes you guide, you can try a bag with opening on both ends of the bag. This design works really well for rope management, and can add efficiendy to your guiding.
There are a couple of rope bag manufacturers, that I know of, that offer this design:

  • Gear Perspective (photo)
  • Beal

If you know more manufacturers, let us know in the comment section.

Mid rope point down and tails up in a canyonnering backpack. This works, but you need to be extra careful to pack all your other gear neatly under the rope to avoid snags. If you need any of that gear, now is buried down that rope.
Rodcle “tails up” bag. An alternative option, design to have access to the two ends of a rope.