If you question a rope it’s probably time to replace or at least a demotion down to a tag line
Or the other alternative you dont make it to the hospital.If there are several places that look like that, I would personally replace it. I am very particular about my ropes, I don’t put up with much damage before I replace them. How much does a rope cost? And how much is a hospital visit plus three months in bed waiting for the casts to come off?
No disrespect but stop nicking the fuc ing....rope. learn to manage your tail and especially what you are hanging off of. Retire now and replace. Rope is cheap.
Depends on how much you use it. Daily use rope? Might last a year around here. Occasional use/spare? Maybe 5 or so before I decide it’s just getting a little old for my liking. I’m not too adventurous though, I tend to replace ropes/gear frequently.How many years will y’all go before retiring a life load rope? I’m running with a 4 year old rope (all gear rocket) that feels like it has aged well like a fine cheese. When you get through that many climbs you develop a lot of trust...
How many years will y’all go before retiring a life load rope? I’m running with a 4 year old rope (all gear rocket) that feels like it has aged well like a fine cheese. When you get through that many climbs you develop a lot of trust...
Anawan, The first section is not directed at you. You just served as a catalyst. I'll answer your question directly though.
VenusNursery nailed it. As soon as you question it... Get a new rope.
Exceptions. Of course. Perhaps you don't have enough experience to make a good judgment on the ability of the rope to hold you aloft. O.K. pretty simple. Stay on the ground and master your shit before going up. Keep reading, keep asking, keep learning. Anything worth learning and knowing takes time.
In a hurry? Find another hobby/profession.
Like stated so much depends on circumstances. Let's go from the basis you are an average climber, with good skills and in general, take reasonable care of your rope/equipment. Having said that, if you climb more than once a week on it, a 4-year-old rope is a bit much. Sunlight alone will take it's toll, rain, mold dirt...
Are you going to die from your 4-year-old rope breaking? Most likely not. Is how we do anything; how we do everything? Yes, most definitely.
Define trust. We could get transcendental here! Charles Feldman has a good definition. “Trust is choosing to make something important to you vulnerable to the actions of someone else."
Let's apply that to your rope. Let's take out the last 2 words and replace it with "something."
The decision is yours. I just ask you to weigh the consequences of rope failure to the cost of rope.
Here was my plan when I climbed full time for many years.
I had three ropes.
1. New, 200' Sunday go to meeting rope. I used it on big trees on nice days.
2. The workhorse rope. Started at 200', but was probably a bit shorter, a bit dirtier than rope #1, but very serviceable. This rope I used 85% of the time.
3. Gunk rope. Rainy days, sappy trees, dog shit-filled lawn kinda rope.
Every year I purchased a new rope. It became # 1 and the rest shifted down accordingly. For more than two decades, I bought one rope a year. (of course the first three years I had to build up!)
Did I screw up and wreck ropes before their time. Of course, but it was the exception, not the rule. And if a rope was retired early it was my fault, not the rope's
All things considered, a rope is a high ROI tool.