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mauta


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Hi,
i took my first rock climbing course 7 years ago, and i climbed for 2 years, only on weekends and mostly on a gym wall. Mi rope was a Rivory one.
Then, i give up climbing for many years and i am retaking the climbing activity now.
Mi question is:
Is it safe to use my old rope?
It did not suffered any big fall and was little used. Its exterior aspect is OK. also, it was well maintained while unused (dark place, no humidity, etc).
But it is 7 years old !!!!!!!
So, what do you think?
Do i have to throw it away and spend another 200 dolars on a new one?
Or is it safe to use it, at least for top roping??
You know, i appreciate my life very much, so i will not hesitate in discarding it, if you think it is the safest option...

Thanks in advance for tour opinions,

JUAN


hangerlessbolt


Dec 13, 2001, 8:32 AM
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If in doubt, throw it out (Or find some other use for it)
Should be a able to pick up a new 10.5 X 60 for about $100+ or so.
Climb hard and climb safe!


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Shelf life on ropes is only about 5-8 years UNUSED!!! Toss that old rope, or use it for a tow rope in your car. (Actually, there's a great post you can search for that has all kinds of stuff you can do with your old ropes) I would definitely recommend retiring that one from climbing though.

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mauta


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Thanks you for your quick answers!!!!

I will follow your good advice and retire that old rope definitely....
By the way, i am not climbing now with that old one (i have a climbing partner who has a new one), but it is there and i was not sure what to make about it.
Now, you convinced me that it must not be used anymore for any climbing activity...

Thanks,

JUAN


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Dec 20, 2001, 10:40 PM
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Here's a question, do you trust the rope? Try testing it out by gradualy increasing loads on it or climb some short ascents.


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You should retire a rope after 5 years from date of manufacture, this is why they come with a tag giving that date.


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If you don't want it, send it to me. I can use it around the house.


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Chuck it. It' s not worth the risk.


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Adam is right. And never "test" your old rope by climbing with it; there's no way for you to adequately test your rope for handling the kinds of stresses it would be put under in a lead fall. And, if you did test it, then you would've only added to the rope's cumulative stress load, which leads back to, "Retire the rope."


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Make it into a good old rope rugs


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I would buy a new one. Remember it is better to be safe than sorry.


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Weave it into a nice rug, their really
quite cool .
I would'nt recomend climbing on it,
after that many years there are just too
many possible factors(I.E. age, storage
conditions, whats it been exposed too,
etc..etc..). Dont risk it and just get a
new rope.
And ya dont have to spend $200, I believe
you can still pick up something like a
Maxim G-50 10.5 50meter for around $90 bucks.

[ This Message was edited by: ravens_wing_jim on 2002-01-07 00:47 ]


christiangadlerpadrin


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i prefer spent, in a new rope than spent this money in an injury.


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Retire the rope, you can get a new one for around $100 which is a lot cheaper than a hospital bill or worse!!!!!


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Can you cut your old rope up and use them for anchors?


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i used my old rope in the anchor of my dady's boat.


ximiana


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Why do u use it for other stuff, and u buy a new one rope.

its most safety.


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