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hermantheballa


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I bought a Mammut rope in 2005 from EMS and I've barely used it. It's been stored indoors and is pretty clean with no visible wear and tear. I used it probably 25 times max, never really fell on it.

I'm just getting back in to climbing after spending too long in Texas and Korea. Is this rope still safe to use, or is time to buy a new one?


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hermantheballa wrote:
I bought a Mammut rope in 2005 from EMS and I've barely used it. It's been stored indoors and is pretty clean with no visible wear and tear. I used it probably 25 times max, never really fell on it.

I'm just getting back in to climbing after spending too long in Texas and Korea. Is this rope still safe to use, or is time to buy a new one?

Sure, climb on!


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hermantheballa wrote:
I bought a Mammut rope in 2005 from EMS and I've barely used it. It's been stored indoors and is pretty clean with no visible wear and tear. I used it probably 25 times max, never really fell on it.

I'm just getting back in to climbing after spending too long in Texas and Korea. Is this rope still safe to use, or is time to buy a new one?

It's really up to you to decide if it's usable. It's you and your friends trusting life and limb to the rope. That said, it's also your money to replace it.

Some things to consider while making the decision:

The "official" shelf life of most ropes assuming no use, stored in a dark and dry environment with constant temperature is 5-7 years.

Storing indoors doesn't mean much, the basement at my grandma's house is considered indoors but the place is cold and ranky with dampness. My attic is frakken hawt and nasty too, I turn into a puddle of goo whenever having to run up there to get anything.

Also, what kind of climbing are you doing?
***PERSONALLY*** if the rope was in good repair, stored reasonably (in a bag in a closet, away from crazy heat, moisture, chemicals), I would probably still climb on it. If it was thick and I was starting to have my doubts, it would be a toprope for a couple of seasons. If I was uncomfortable climbing on it it would be recycled or repurposed for something useful like a rug or a dog leash or one of these:




hermantheballa


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I'm just looking at setting up a top rope. I'm going to avoid trad or sport for a while, at least till I get back in shape.

As for the official shelf life, looks like a I got at least till the end of the year.

The rope was stored in a bag inside a temperature controlled, dry place in my room at my parents house. I left it there untouched since I graduated college.

Thank you guys for the replies! I think I'll climb on at least till 2013.


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Check these recommendations from Beal and adjust for your circumstances...

http://bealplanet.com/...de-page.php#dureevie


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http://www.alunrichardson.co.uk/...g%20pdfs/ropes17.pdf

for top roping, as long as it looks good and was not exposed to chemicals id use it well past "2013" .... hell, id even lead on it ...

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Although the shelf life of ropes is 5 to 7 years, I already grow wary when the rope reaches 4 years. So even though it doesn't really snap or get broken, i still buy a new one when I'm already nearing the 5th year. My motto has always been better safe than sorry.


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bearbreeder wrote:
for top roping, as long as it looks good and was not exposed to chemicals id use it well past "2013" .... hell, id even lead on it ...

Wink

+1


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TScott27 wrote:
Although the shelf life of ropes is 5 to 7 years, I already grow wary when the rope reaches 4 years. So even though it doesn't really snap or get broken, i still buy a new one when I'm already nearing the 5th year. My motto has always been better safe than sorry.

they have done study on rope over 20 years and 10 years is pretty minimum for life a rope .


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