Originally Posted by Rapt
Actually with less stretch shock loads are higher...
Thats why climbing rope is so stretchy, so it doesn't snap your neck/spine/leg/arm/etc when you fall.
Right tool for the right job is always the best bet.
Perhaps I worded it wrong, but what I meant was that ropes with more stretch have a higher shock load rating. Not the shock to the load. Climbing ropes are engineered with stretch to combat rope breakage not cushion the person tethered to the end, although that is a benefit as well. All else being equal the rope with more stretch will have a higher shock load rating.
I think you are talking about shock to the load and I am talking about the shock load rating of the rope.