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Oct 12, 2011
What the hell do you do with them? I currently need to retire 3 ropes, and I fucking hate it. I need something creative to do with them. Yeah, I know the "rope rug" deal. But, I'm also not a hippy. Whats next, lasso? I've tried using one to tow a vehicle, dynamic rope SUCKS for that. Help....please. alleyehave
From San Diego, CA
Joined Jun 12, 2010
115 points
Oct 12, 2011
send it to sterling to be recycled? NickinCO Mardi
From colorado
Joined Sep 17, 2010
40 points
Oct 12, 2011
Look nick, I appreciate your feel-good recommendation. But I'm trying to keep the focus on myself, how can retired ropes benefit ME. Let's brainstorm here and attempt to avoid our conditioned perpetual carbon footprint guilt processes. alleyehave
From San Diego, CA
Joined Jun 12, 2010
115 points
Oct 12, 2011
There is no better way to get more attention than to hang yourself with the ropes you want to retire.

Either that or use all three ropes to tie a sex swing for an extra extra large lady (Steel trusses would be advised).

Ray Pinpillage
From West Egg
Joined Jul 23, 2010
0 points
Oct 12, 2011
Dang I was going to suggest a sex swing...perhaps you could create a multi-person sex swing so nothings holding you back from those swingin' orgies! Sam Feuerborn
From Durango, CO
Joined Aug 4, 2009
630 points
Oct 13, 2011
Bridge jump with them. tie a bunch of knots in them and stuff them up your ass, tie one end off to the bridge. Marathon
Joined Jul 12, 2010
210 points
Oct 13, 2011
perhaps you can weave them into a hammock or other kind of hanging chair. i dunno about the sex swing, but whatever floats your boat. could even make a bachar ladder or some other training device or use it for rigging. Marc R
From Boulder, CO
Joined Sep 4, 2010
0 points
Oct 13, 2011
Top rope...that way you never have to retire them. Brandon Groza
From Bend, OR
Joined Jan 15, 2011
90 points
Oct 13, 2011
donate them to route developers for hand lines ... help the climbing community ...

a rope deserves to spend its final days helping people climb ...
bearbreeder
Joined Mar 1, 2009
25 points
Oct 13, 2011
bearbreeder wrote:
donate them to route developers for hand lines ... help the climbing community ... a rope deserves to spend its final days helping people climb ...


You must have not read his 2nd post. He wants to do something with the rope that will benefit him. He wants to be selfish and probably donating the rope to the climbing community will serve him no purpose.
Jan Tarculas
From Riverside, Ca
Joined Mar 6, 2010
453 points
Oct 13, 2011
Cut it into sections and make dog leashes with retired biners. Sell them for outragous prices to hippies in Boulder with dogs named "Karma" or "Yoghurt" to give them some Boulder street cred. ChrisV
From Denver
Joined Dec 25, 2007
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Oct 13, 2011
ChrisV wrote:
Cut it into sections and make dog leashes with retired biners. Sell them for outragous prices to hippies in Boulder with dogs named "Karma" or "Yoghurt" to give them some Boulder street cred.


DING DING DING we have a winner!
Ryan Williams
From London (sort of)
Joined May 10, 2009
1,215 points
Oct 13, 2011
The site "www.justropes.com" has a rope recycle program where they pay you to ship the ropes to them. Guy H.
From Fort Collins CO
Joined Jan 1, 2001
6,751 points
Oct 13, 2011
RNclimber wrote:
You must have not read his 2nd post. He wants to do something with the rope that will benefit him. He wants to be selfish and probably donating the rope to the climbing community will serve him no purpose.



figures ... i just blindly assumed a fellow climber would be interested in donating no longer useful gear to help others ...

ah well ...
bearbreeder
Joined Mar 1, 2009
25 points
Oct 13, 2011
RNclimber wrote:
You must have not read his 2nd post. He wants to do something with the rope that will benefit him. He wants to be selfish and probably donating the rope to the climbing community will serve him no purpose.


Correct.
alleyehave
From San Diego, CA
Joined Jun 12, 2010
115 points
Oct 13, 2011
ChrisV wrote:
Cut it into sections and make dog leashes with retired biners. Sell them for outragous prices to hippies in Boulder with dogs named "Karma" or "Yoghurt" to give them some Boulder street cred.


Now we're talkin!!!
alleyehave
From San Diego, CA
Joined Jun 12, 2010
115 points
Oct 13, 2011
Sailors? Peter Pitocchi
Joined Oct 4, 2009
25 points
Oct 13, 2011
outdoorbondage.org/

Not particularly work safe!
Jim Titt
From Germany
Joined Nov 10, 2009
0 points
Oct 13, 2011
I used my 15 + year old rope as a safety line for trimming a tree in my yard recently - I'd probably still use it for top roping. Eventually I'll send it up the river to be recycled. Rob C.
From Freeport, ME
Joined May 12, 2006
85 points
Oct 14, 2011
alleyehave wrote:
What the hell do you do with them? I currently need to retire 3 ropes, and I fucking hate it. I need something creative to do with them. Yeah, I know the "rope rug" deal. But, I'm also not a hippy. Whats next, lasso? I've tried using one to tow a vehicle, dynamic rope SUCKS for that. Help....please.


I gave one to my brother to make a rope swing with.
Sam Stephens
Joined Jan 20, 2010
740 points
Oct 14, 2011
Weave door mats out of them. You'll enjoy them for years. (fair conversation starters?) Make some for your climbing friends for the holidays. (by my estimate, you've got enough for 5 mats.)

Give sections to your friends for tow ropes?
rob bauer
From Golden, CO
Joined Dec 2, 2004
2,416 points
Oct 15, 2011


mountainproject.com/v/diy-clim...
DannyUncanny
From Vancouver
Joined Aug 27, 2010
5 points
Oct 15, 2011
Jim Titt wrote:
outdoorbondage.org/ Not particularly work safe!


No, but it does seem to fit the OP's criteria. johnL had a pic to that effect, but more work safe...

Makes a guy wanna retire some ropes...

BTW, dynamic rope rules for unsticking vehicles. Ya just gotta treat it like the slingshot it is...
smassey
From CO
Joined Dec 2, 2008
170 points
Oct 15, 2011
smassey wrote:
No, but it does seem to fit the OP's criteria. johnL had a pic to that effect, but more work safe... Makes a guy wanna retire some ropes... BTW, dynamic rope rules for unsticking vehicles. Ya just gotta treat it like the slingshot it is...


I'm in.
alleyehave
From San Diego, CA
Joined Jun 12, 2010
115 points
Oct 24, 2011
Not sure if I actually 'retired' this bicolor Mammut rope or just found a better use for it. Go figure.

Rock Climbing Photo: my favorite rope
my favorite rope
Woodchuck ATC
Joined Nov 29, 2007
505 points
Oct 24, 2011
Ray Pinpillage wrote:
There is no better way to get more attention than to hang yourself with the ropes you want to retire. Either that or use all three ropes to tie a sex swing for an extra extra large lady (Steel trusses would be advised).



I would think there would be too much ELONGation for the swing? Depending on diameter and manufacturer.

Get a dog or lots of dogs and make leashes. I've used an old one to pull a big old hot water heater up a hill at a friend's cabin. That was interesting as I prayed it didn't break. Other than that I've use parts and pieces for car camping. And made a swing for my 3 year old under our deck.
"H" Lampasso
From Manitou Springs
Joined Feb 13, 2006
10 points


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