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bazan


Apr 7, 2012, 7:34 AM
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I'd like to get some opinion on whether my old slings/webbing/rope are still good.

Basically they were in good condition, however, I basically stopped climbing completely for about 4 years. They've been sitting (along with the biners) in a trash bag in a closet for all that time. Not particularly humid, not exposed to light.

Do you think all those webbing/slings/rope are still good, or do I need to start over with all new gear? (anything metalic I'm not worried about)
Do slings/webbing/rope wear down from just sitting there for too long?

Thanks,

Ben


edge


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How old we're all these items before being stored for four years? I have plenty of four year old slings, but once they hit five or six years old I generally replace them regardless of how good they look. Once you begin to question their condition it is time to update. You need to have 100% confidence in your gear, and the cost to replace is a fraction of what one trip to the doctor will run you.


bazan


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Thanks for the input. They were about 1 year Frownold[/:(]. So I guess they are ~5 years old now, but really with 1 year of real use.


Would the same apply with a rope? It looks really good...

Thanks again,

Ben


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bazan wrote:
Thanks for the input. They were about 1 year Frownold[/:(]. So I guess they are ~5 years old now, but really with 1 year of real use.


Would the same apply with a rope? It looks really good...

Thanks again,

Ben

A lot of the rope manufactures give a general rule of thumb for what they'd recommend, but they're very conservative recommendations since they're in the biz of selling rope. Go ahead and take a look at a few of the rope makers sites and see what they say.

Amount of use before you stored your rope would factor in. If it was used a few times a month for a year before storage and stored properly as you said it has been, then it'll be fine. You could also use for top roping for quite a few years yet.

Pull the rope through your hands and feel for bulges, flat spots or soft spots while also giving it a good visual inspection. Bottom line, if your overly concerned about it's safety, then buy a new one.


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I think that your gear is still fine.

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If they were in good condition before you stored them, I'd climb on them.


bazan


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Thanks for all the replies. I guess anything that looks sketchy I'll replace and the good looking stuff I'll climb on!

I'll also take a look at the rope manufacture's website, see what they have to say.

Ben


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