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Rope Life?

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NickA · · Boulder, CO · Joined Aug 2015 · Points: 20

Hi! Yes I realize that there is a searchable to look this type of thing up, but I was just wondering when to replace a rope. I have had the Mammut Eternity Dry (9.8mm x 70m) for a year now. I climb on it a few times a month (3ish), not hard charging, but still taking a few decent falls (never over .5 fall factor). I use a rope bag/tarp, don't step on it, and keep it out of the sun when not in use. If there is not signs of abrasion, soft spots, core shots, etc, when would be a good time to replace it (years)?

Lou Cerutti · · Carlsbad, California · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 217

You better replace it soon

Seth Kane · · Bozeman, Montana · Joined Sep 2013 · Points: 113

When there's soft spots or core shots to far from the end to cut off.

FrankPS · · Atascadero, CA · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 275

Are you really 14 years old?

DrRockso · · Red River Gorge, KY · Joined Sep 2013 · Points: 341

Replace and send the old one to me.

Seriously, this is an extremely arbitrary question, and someone would really need to inspect the rope in person. I would say very general guidelines would be 5 years or more with light use. 2-3 with moderate use, and one year or less with heavy abuse. But really it's just when you start to get soft spots and don't trust it anymore or if you get a core shot immediate retirement. My 70m ropes usually get about a year use, then I'll chop the soft ends off down to a 60m and use them for another year or less. Then retire them to developing.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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