/ Rope life
I'm an admin member of a University climbing club and we've recently purchased some new 35m (11mm diameter) ropes for using at the nearby indoor wall.
I've noticed that all of these are being used constantly all day by various club members (which is good) but I'm wondering how long they will last safely. Any advice would be much appreciated!
Mammut have a useful table:
The important thing is to check them regularly and if you are in any doubt to their safety then replace immediately.
Frequently used (each week): up to 1 year
I wonder how many of us who climb either indoors or outdoors every week follow this advice? I was reckoning on 5 years for mine!
I am sure a sport climber will wear their harness out a lot more taking falls and dogging then a trad climber who doesnt often fall?
or indeed if you have a penchant for udgeing up chimneys.
So in your case, jut replace them at the tart of the next academic year if they continue to get used this much. Obviously if they rub on edges, take a load of wangers or have a date with some acid, you may need to retire them sooner.
Given the 9-month rule, my ropes (used for trad climbing maybe 20 days per year) should last about 12-15 years.
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