What is a good and easy way to fold a (50-100') rope for storage so that it resembles a caterpillar and has no loose ends getting undone? Close to the way it comes folded in a store like this at the Home Depot.

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    A rope stored like this will have twists in it. If that is not desired, use the butterfly coil instead.
    – DudeOnRock
    Nov 5, 2015 at 0:51
  • Is there a reason you want to store rope this way? if by "for storage" you mean for long term storage, consider not putting kinks in your rope. Nov 6, 2015 at 13:37
  • I carry a 50' rope in my truck all the time
    – amphibient
    Nov 6, 2015 at 15:48

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As mentioned in comments, this option to coil a rope will get you some twists in it. So I do not recommend it for longer ropes (i.e. your climbing ropes), as twists are very inconvenient when belaying. This mode is mainly suited for cordelettes that you want to attach to your harness and therefore should be compact. To create such a coil follow these steps:

  1. Start with the two ends together in your hand.

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  1. Depending on length and diameter wrap your cord neatly around a hand or around an elbow and the crest between the index and thumb until only a small amount is left.

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  1. Wrap the rest tightly starting at one end making your way towards the other. I usually do not do this over the whole length, I just start in the middle as for my taste it still gets compact enough (I am lazy).

  2. To secure the ending there are two options:

    a) Leave only very little space at the end and then simply pull the cord through and clip this loop to a biner - fast and does not get loose as long as it is on the biner.

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b) Use just enough rope to pull it through the end and then fold it back over the whole coil. This is neat even without a biner, but is somewhat more tedious to do and has no obvious attachment loop, so it is more suited for storage.

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For long and/or big diameter ropes I recommend to use some variant of the butterfly coil (just google it, there are lots of instructions available). This is much faster to do and does give no twists, does not get loose and is great for transport.

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    Swiss army prusik, I knew it=)
    – flawr
    Feb 1, 2016 at 20:37

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