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andy79


Dec 30, 2011, 9:36 PM
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Think I'll probably answer my own question here, but thought I would get other people's thoughts:
I used to climb a lot, but for various reasons pretty much stopped in 2001. I'm going to get back into climbing this year and wondered which bits of gear I need to throw out, and which bits are still ok to use.

Despite not taking any siginficant falls I'm thinking:
Ropes (no); slings (no); all hardware (nuts;cams;hexes; - yes - but need new fabric), harness (? - no), carabiners/quickdraws (yes - but new fabric). Obvioulsy all gates would be tested.

Any feedback would be appreciated. Cheers Andy


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Dec 30, 2011, 9:44 PM
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Depends on what condition it was in when you put it away, along with how everything was stored. Was everything in good shape? Was it stored in a climate controlled environment (room temperature, out of sun, dry)?

Probably best to check the manufacturer's website and see what they say.

Edit: Above comment in reference to "fabric" like harness, draws, rope.


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andy79


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All gear was in a good condition and stored in a gear bag inside, away from rain/sun etc. I think all the hardware should be ok, but draws/slings etc would need replacing?


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hardware should be fine if it looks good ... soft goods you indicated youll replace anyways


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My rule would be better safe than sorry on anything that is a single point of failure so the rope and harness would go without a doubt. Slings and runners would really be up to you but at $5-10 each, it may be worth it just for the piece of mind. If they're still fairly supple, storage really doesn't destroy nylon provided you kept them out of the sun and away from heat (like the attic). If they've grown stiff over the years, I would personally replace them.


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andy79 wrote:
Think I'll probably answer my own question here, but thought I would get other people's thoughts:
I used to climb a lot, but for various reasons pretty much stopped in 2001. I'm going to get back into climbing this year and wondered which bits of gear I need to throw out, and which bits are still ok to use.

Despite not taking any siginficant falls I'm thinking:
Ropes (no); slings (no); all hardware (nuts;cams;hexes; - yes - but need new fabric), harness (? - no), carabiners/quickdraws (yes - but new fabric). Obvioulsy all gates would be tested.

Any feedback would be appreciated. Cheers Andy

The longest shelf life I've ever seen on a warning tag is 10 years, so your plan seems like a good one.


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j_ung wrote:
The longest shelf life I've ever seen on a warning tag is 10 years, so your plan seems like a good one.

Beal's genreal guideline is you can store an unused nylon product for up to 5 years and then use it up to 10 years.

"The lifetime of the tape in use must never exceed 10 years. The total maximum lifetime (storage before use + lifetime in use) is thus limited to 15 years. "


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