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Dec 26, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: Major Tom V3
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)? NickA
From Boulder, CO
Joined Aug 9, 2015
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Dec 26, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: Rapping down after climbing Shantytown Swing(5.6) ...
You better replace it soon Lou Cerutti
From Carlsbad, California
Joined Jan 1, 2014
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Dec 26, 2015
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When there's soft spots or core shots to far from the end to cut off. Seth Kane
From Bozeman, Montana
Joined Sep 22, 2013
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Dec 26, 2015
Are you really 14 years old? FrankPS
From Atascadero, CA
Joined Nov 19, 2009
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Dec 26, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: Outrage Wall. Potrero Chico, Mexico.
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.
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