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10.10.2008

Go See The Express

About a year and a half ago we got a frantic phone call: "We need climbing ropes NOW - can you do it?" (The short answer was yes, but we needed a bit more information.)

The woman at the other end of the phone explained that here name was Francine and the she worked for a production company in Chicago. They were shooting a new football movie and needed six 2-inch climbing ropes for one of the scenes.

The first thing we did was calm her down and get some of the details -- "Yes, I'm sure we can get whatever you need but we will need some more information first."

She explained that there were several scenes where members of the football team would be climbing ropes on an outside tower which is something that the team actually did back then.

She was also adamant about getting 2-inch ropes, which, at that point was not something we featured on the site but that our manufacturer could do. From there we got the proper length and things were set. (These ended up being the first 2-inch ropes we ever sold)

Our very quick and capable rope manufacturer was able to get their ropes to them by the end of the week so they could get their shooting done on schedule.

As for the movie itself, its about Ernie Davis: The Elmira Express, a great,great football player and the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy (Something that even Jim Brown couldnt do)

Imagine my surprise when the scenes with our climbing ropes ended up in the movie trailers.


They did the shooting at Chicago's Lane Tech high school and built everything from scratch, I hear from my buddy Victor Soto, a former manager at Michigan who now works in the movie business.

You've probably seen all the commercials by now, the movie opens tonight and I'll be first in line to see it. It looks like a pretty good one although I may endup shedding a tear or two by the end of it.

In any case, if you want to climb the same ropes that they do in Hollywood movies, you can get em here: 2-inch Climbing Ropes

Hey, what can I say, just another day at the office.

Train hard,
John Wood

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9.18.2008

2-Inch Manila Climbing Ropes


A closer look at out 2-Inch Manila Climbing Ropes, keep in mind that 2-inch ropes are likely more than you can handle, we would highly suggest beginning with traditional 1.5-Inch ropes ropes first. This picture is roughly life-size and, as you can see, 2-Inch ropes are no joke.

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