Fixed rope

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Climber on fixed rope route Piz Mitgel, Savognin, Grisons, Switzerland

Fixed rope is the practice of fixing in place bolted ropes to assist climbers and walkers in exposed mountain locations. They are used widely on American and European climbing routes but disdained by purist mountaineers. Many guided expeditions to any of the eight-thousanders normally set up fixed rope on steep or icy sections of the route. For example, on the Hillary Step of Mount Everest, fixed rope is used to reduce the bottleneck of climbers that typically results from climbing this technical section just below the summit.