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Uses for old rope

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Jake Forker · · Brisbane, Queensland, Austr… · Joined Jul 2017 · Points: 110

I've got some old dynamic rope (60m) thats recently been retired.........looking for ideas for projects to use it on whilst we're in isolation from Covid

Tammy Gueterman · · Seattle, WA · Joined Jun 2019 · Points: 0

Wash it, dry it, dye it if you want, then weave it into a doormat.

Daniel Joder · · Barcelona, ES · Joined Nov 2015 · Points: 0

Save a section for indoor practice of knots, anchors, self-rescue setups.
Save another bit for Fido’s leash. 

Darren Mabe · · Parks, AZ · Joined Dec 2002 · Points: 4,095

Retired from what? How old?

MacksWhineturd · · Squaw · Joined May 2016 · Points: 0

Tie a hammock out of it! 

Jake Forker · · Brisbane, Queensland, Austr… · Joined Jul 2017 · Points: 110
Darren Mabe wrote: Retired from what? How old?

Retired from climbing....about 3 years of heavy use

Zay Ban · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2019 · Points: 5

if you ever need to tow a car out of mud... they work pretty well...

Sam Skovgaard · · Tucson, AZ · Joined Oct 2017 · Points: 92


My core-shot bipattern rope enjoying its retirement as a doormat (core shot visible on the right side) , coasters, and a pair of dog leashes (not pictured).

To make that doormat, coil the rope on a hard floor and lay out a bunch of duct tape on it (this becomes the underside).  Use needle and thread to sew the outermost loop to the second-to-outermost loop.

Coasters done with needle and thread.
Jim Bouldin · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2020 · Points: 0

An old Roger Miller song comes to mind right about now.

Mikey Schaefer · · Reno, NV · Joined Jun 2014 · Points: 261

This probably won't keep you entertained but horse people love old rope.  I've given it away all over the world to gauchos and horse packers as well as my neighbors who have horses.

Bill Enger · · Seattle, WA · Joined Apr 2017 · Points: 371

Boat people also love an old rope.

Billcoe · · Portland · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 881
Zay Ban wrote: if you ever need to tow a car out of mud... they work pretty well...

The ropes snap too easy, best to double up and not be standing anywhere near. 


I take my retired dynamics and use them for toproping setups.  I take my retired toproping ropes and use those for towing, dog leashes etc....

Ben V · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2016 · Points: 85

Make a bachar ladder

I F · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2017 · Points: 2,381

Unless its seriously mangled, save it and use it as a "work" rope. There may be someday where you wan to set up a toprope so you can clean a route/crack/feature of vegetation, dirt, or runoff debris. Its nice to have a work rope for things like that to keep your fresh ropes clean for longer.

Jon Nelson · · Redmond, WA · Joined Sep 2011 · Points: 5,605

Use it to set up a safe top-rope access line at some new crag (where it is OK to add bolts).

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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