Originally Posted by delta13soultaker
As far as rope, I keep 550 cord in my bag. (Nothing crazy like rappel gear dangling off; as harmless looking as possible.) And weight...2 pounds gets heavy after a while, especially if you're hurt, sick, tired, dehydrated, or having to assist a weaker person. Weight is an enemy and I make him as small as possible.
I definitely agree that you want your gear to look harmless. If anything has to be visible, it should be basic camping stuff (cup, sleeping bag, etc.).
And I used the 1/4" diameter ropes as an example... The Dyneema 1/8" (which I think is the same diameter as 550 cord) has an average tensile strength of 2200 lbs and weighs .5 lbs per 100 ft. Pound for pound, it's much stronger (though you certainly
pay for it