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  1. #1
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    ropes/runners replacement regimen?

    Online searches say that ropes, regardless of use should be replaced every 10 years and nylon and dyneema runners every five. Since all of my climbing gear has been stashed away in a tote for the last 10 years does all soft gear need replacing? Rope was practically new when I put it away and I rarely fell on gear.

    Just curious how often others are replacing stuff.

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    this guy has done a bunch of testing of old gear:



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    i replace my dynamic lead rope every 3-4 seasons,
    static TR solo rope every 4-5 seasons

    how do you feel about trusting your life and your partner's life
    to soft gear that has been stashed in a tote for 10 years?

    buy new gear
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    "we all do dumb shit when we're fucked up"
    mike tyson

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    That video would lead you to believe 30 yo stuff is still strong as new, but they also pinned this comment to the top.


  5. #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by romeo tango View Post
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    i replace my dynamic lead rope every 3-4 seasons,
    static TR solo rope every 4-5 seasons

    how do you feel about trusting your life and your partner's life
    to soft gear that has been stashed in a tote for 10 years?

    buy new gear
    .
    We recently had a similar situation. Old gear (rope and slings) in great condition that had been stored for maybe 10+ years got pulled out. We decided non-critical use only. Hang something from a tree or a pack or tie something together with it for transport, or use it to haul to tow? Fine. Hang a person from it? No fucking way.

  6. #6
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    Man, I have a whole trad rack and a few ropes that haven't been used in probably 15 years. I really miss climbing but it just slipped away from me. I should probably go through and cut all the slings and sell the metal. Makes me sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EWG View Post
    Hang something from a tree or a pack or tie something together with it for transport, or use it to haul to tow?
    Careful towing with a dynamic rope!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zion zig zag View Post
    Online searches say that ropes, regardless of use should be replaced every 10 years and nylon and dyneema runners every five. Since all of my climbing gear has been stashed away in a tote for the last 10 years does all soft gear need replacing? Rope was practically new when I put it away and I rarely fell on gear.

    Just curious how often others are replacing stuff.
    I had a similar set of gear. Replaced pretty much all of it. My rope I'm using a little for shitty low-weight factor top ropes as it was pristine, but even then will likely be replacing by year end.

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    these old ropes can be nice if you want to add some fixed lines for hand rails on chossy, muddy, or annoying approaches. depends on area ethics i guess if people mind seeing nylon rot away over a couple of decades because eventually it has to be carried out, but it can be useful.

    i guess i have some runners in the basement that are about 15years old that i never wore out. i’d probably use them to bail off if i did anything besides single pitch (or even climb) this year. alas.

    this is the last year i will put on my 2017 mammut tusk. freaking rope is unbelievable, so much more durable than these soft noodles everyone makes now. looks better than a lot of my friends stuff purchased in the last couple of years and i got a decent number of pitches on it. it’s easy to see how it could feel like things could last forever but i committed to retiring it and picked up a replacement that i hope i like as much (caldwell eco dry).
    j'ai des grands instants de lucididididididididi

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    Replaced old (but 'good' condition) rope that hadn't been used for over a decade about 5 years ago.

    Unfortunately have only had the new one out a few times since then.

    Gotta get back into it. Hopefully this one doesn't just sit and rot until it's useless.

    Don't see leads in my future, just top roping for the kids. Probably should go through the slings, quick draws, etc and toss a bunch of stuff just to be safe. Hurts to think that period of my life may be over.

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    if any of you kooks can hold a rope that hasn't expired i'd love to tick off some stuff across greater new england. maybe the eaglet, huntington, or especially, wallface.


    couple photos courtesy of mountain project (which could also be as close as I come to doing them?)





    j'ai des grands instants de lucididididididididi

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    Give a shout if you want to do some of the lower graded stuff in NH as I'm leading sport up to 5.9 (could probably do 5.10, but my partner can't follow that, so haven't pushed) and happy to follow/clean on any of the classics. Don't sleep on Moby Grape/Whitney Gilman etc. either.

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    I'll take any slings if you are tossing them for non climbing use

    Sent from my Turbo 850 Flatbrimed Highhorse

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    wow

    cool

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