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sergeleepy


May 2, 2012, 7:49 PM
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Broken Rope
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My rope snapped recently. Through dumb luck I was quite near the ground and wasn't hurt but..

The rope snapped under weight - I did not fall - and it snapped where it was running over a quickdraw - there were no sharp edges.

The place where it snapped had some minor discolouration which I had attributed to light coloured sand being driven into the rope but which must have been a chemical of some sort. I still have no idea what.

Rope was oldish at 8 yrs but was treated well and sparingly, had essentially no fraying on it and had never taken any unusual falls.

So yeah, I guess ropes snap with minimal stress if contaminated. Careful!


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sergeleepy wrote:
My rope snapped recently. Through dumb luck I was quite near the ground and wasn't hurt but..

The rope snapped under weight - I did not fall - and it snapped where it was running over a quickdraw - there were no sharp edges.

The place where it snapped had some minor discolouration which I had attributed to light coloured sand being driven into the rope but which must have been a chemical of some sort. I still have no idea what.

Rope was oldish at 8 yrs but was treated well and sparingly, had essentially no fraying on it and had never taken any unusual falls.

So yeah, I guess ropes snap with minimal stress if contaminated. Careful!

That happened at a climbing gym some years ago. It was attributed to battery acid (after testing). It would be very interesting to see the results of similar testing on your rope. I think BD did it (the testing) last time.

http://www.rockclimbing.com/...post=1428752#1428752


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May 3, 2012, 4:28 AM
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WW moved this from A&I to Gear Heads.


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May 3, 2012, 4:51 AM
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Send it in to the rope manufacturer for tested, it would be good to find out what caused it.


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May 3, 2012, 2:34 PM
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Could you take some pictures and post them?


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