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Basically, the core and sheath seem to have separated a bit at one end, and it's sort of inverted, turned inside-out. It didn't feel weird or particularly squishy before this happened, which I'd expect for that kind of separation. Just seemed like a weird thing to happen, and I was just wondering if it's common. Has anybody seen it before? Do you think it's a manufacturing defect, or just wear and tear? I suspect the latter really...

Anyway, I've cut about 1m off the affected end - hopefully it won't happen again there!

For info: the rope is a Beal Booster III, I've had it for about 7 months, it's had a lot of use, including some moderate falls but not too much abuse! I'm not going to ask if I should be using the rope - I realise that's my call really.
Rock Climbing Photo: 'inverted' rope
'inverted' rope
Nick Russell
From Bristol, UK
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Oct 27, 2011
Pucker-factor got to it. Matt N
From Santa Barbara, CA
Joined Oct 20, 2010
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Oct 27, 2011
Someone correct me if I'm wrong but it looks like a bit of sheath slippage. Beal advertises this rope to have 0 mm slippage so it might be worth giving them a call. cjdrover
From Watertown, MA
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Oct 27, 2011
Looks like some regular sheath slippage. We see it on the ropes at the climbing gym all the time. Andrew B.
From WA
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Oct 27, 2011
Seen on the tail end of many ropes over the years. As long as the section right above still feels tight with no major slippage, it looks OK. Woodchuck ATC
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Oct 27, 2011
Thanks for the info guys Nick Russell
From Bristol, UK
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Oct 27, 2011
don't they normally cut those when they are born? Darren Mabe
From Flagstaff, AZ
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Oct 27, 2011
Darren Mabe wrote:
don't they normally cut those when they are born?


Like baby boys being circumcised by the doctors?
Bang Nhan
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Oct 27, 2011
Bang wrote:
Like baby boys being circumcised by the doctors?

snnrrk! Yeah, I think that's what Darren was gettin' at....
For bonus points-can you define "sidereal"?
Joe Huggins
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Oct 28, 2011
Sven Yakomn wrote:
snnrrk! Yeah, I think that's what Darren was gettin' at.... For bonus points-can you define "sidereal"?


oops! My bad :/
Bang Nhan
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Oct 29, 2011
cjdrover wrote:
Someone correct me if I'm wrong but it looks like a bit of sheath slippage. Beal advertises this rope to have 0 mm slippage so it might be worth giving them a call.

The 0mm advertised slippage is in relation to the UIAA tested drops that are done in the lab. It means that after the first drop, there was no sheath slippage. It does not mean the rope will never experience any slippage.

Anyway its normal sheath slippage, no big deal. Just cut the end off.
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Oct 29, 2011
Normal slippage yes, but also a sign that your rope is getting old and may be nearing retirement age. The core and sheath are supposed to work together, and slippage is not good. Also, the sheath will tend to bunch up and jam in your belay/rappel device. Kent Pease
From Littleton, Colorado
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