How to Choose Rope for Tug-of-War

Choose a rope that fits your rock climbing needs.

Getting a good rope isn't the trick. Getting the biggest guy to be on your team - now that's the trick!

Choose a good, heavy rope.

Look for grade-A manila rope - that's what the pros use.

Stay away from nylon and polyester ropes, because they'll give people rope burn.

Pick a rope between 115 and 120 feet long for two teams of eight people.

The rope should be between 1 and 1 1/2 inch in diameter.

Look for manila safety line, which has a wire-rope core, if you can't find a rope of the right thickness. The line is used for climbing, search and rescue and construction.

Look for rope at sporting goods stores. Ropes specifically made for tug-of-war will be looped and braided at each end.

Try rock-climbing supply or marine shops if sporting goods stores don't have a rope.


Make sure rope is dry before you store it. You might want to buy a good storage bag.

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