/ NEW ARTICLE: FAQ Washing Ropes by Graham Gedge

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Michael Ryan - on 19 May 2006
Monday is washday especially after a weekends cragging. Every woman's favourite washerman Graham Gedge gives us the suds on how to wash your rope to make it clean and supple again.

Please feel free to critique, add your own wisdom and comment on.

http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=202

Next week Mr. Horse waxes on Cam maintenance.
Swirly - on 19 May 2006
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com: To get the worst of the water out of my ropes after washing them in the bath I just pull them through a locked off belay device a couple of times, seems to work fine.
In reply to Swirly:

I find that spinning them on a gentle cycle on the machine gets rid of 99% of the wetness. The rope dries in minutes after that.

Alan
Alison Stockwell - on 19 May 2006
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:

Should it not say "occasional washing of the rope does NOT adversely affect it?"

The other thing is; when it's in the bath, you can get a lot of gunk out if you grab it in both hands and agitate the sheath up and down.....


There is probably a better way of saying that :-|
Alison Stockwell - on 19 May 2006
In reply to Swirly:
> (In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com) To get the worst of the water out of my ropes after washing them in the bath I just pull them through a locked off belay device a couple of times, seems to work fine.

I towel dry it. Firstly by wrapping it up and rubbing it all over, and then by getting another towel and running it through it from one end to the other, moving the towel position to maximize contact with the dry bits.

7lbs overweight - on 19 May 2006
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:

The man knows how to use a washing machine! There will be no holding back the ladies now.
Horse on 19 May 2006
In reply to Alison Stockwell:

Correct a "not" does seem to have gone on holiday.

Horse on 19 May 2006
In reply to 7lbs overweight:

Without wishing to blow my chances I think you need to read more carefully :-)
Chris Tan Ver. XLVIII on 19 May 2006 - 130.88.74.199 whois?
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:

I use a Dobi rope brush in the bath. ( See http://mec.ca/Products/product_detail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=667675&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=17198... It's amazing how much gunk you can get in a "clean-looking" rope.
KeithW - on 19 May 2006
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:

Good advice there.

However there's a howler in the summary:

"Occasional washing of a rope does adversely affect it and may actually be beneficial,"

- surely "..does NOT advesely affect it..."?

(And "drawer" in the Washine Machine section is spelt wrongly, as "draw".)
KeithW - on 19 May 2006
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:

Good advice there.

However there's a howler in the summary:

"Occasional washing of a rope does adversely affect it and may actually be beneficial,"

- surely "..does NOT adversely affect it..."?

(And "drawer" in the Washine Machine section is spelt wrongly, as "draw".)
In reply to Horse:
> (In reply to Alison Stockwell)
>
> Correct a "not" does seem to have gone on holiday.

No sorted
Chris Tan Ver. XLVIII on 19 May 2006 - 130.88.74.199 whois?
Horse on 19 May 2006
In reply to Alan James - UKC:

Cheers Alan.

7lbs overweight - on 19 May 2006
In reply to Horse:
>
> Without wishing to blow my chances I think you need to read more carefully :-)

I'm sure the skills are transferable!



captain paranoia - on 19 May 2006
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:

> Next week Mr. Horse waxes on Cam maintenance

Oils on cam maintenance, surely? Or is he proposing to use solvent-carrier waxes as lubrication? e.g. Finish Line KryTech.

;-)
John2 - on 19 May 2006
In reply to captain paranoia: Actually bike chain lube is pretty good for cams because it's designed not to wash off easily.
KeithW - on 19 May 2006
In reply to Alan James - UKC:
>

> No sorted

Now I'm confused - the summary still reads as though washing a rope DOES adversely affect it. Can anyone clarify?
Horse on 19 May 2006
In reply to captain paranoia:

I wouldn't to keep you in suspense Capt. so a trailer for next week is here:

http://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/t.php?t=21963&v=1#291955

But I am sure you have seen that before.
In reply to KeithW:

> Now I'm confused - the summary still reads as though washing a rope DOES adversely affect it. Can anyone clarify?

I think that UKC really needs to sort out a volunteer proof-reading squad, like the volunteer photo moderators. I thought that with the Al Evans article Mick had got it sorted, but this one seems to have the same old problems.
Horse on 19 May 2006
In reply to KeithW:

So did mine. I closed the page, note closed it not refreshed it, reopened it and the AWOL "Not" had come back.
Horse on 19 May 2006
In reply to TobyA:

I have also made that suggestion. I find it hard to check my own work, you tend to see what you think is there not what really is, if you see what I mean.
KeithW - on 19 May 2006
In reply to TobyA:

> I think that UKC really needs to sort out a volunteer proof-reading squad,

Count me in, be happy to do it.
In reply to Horse: Yep, its pretty much impossible to proof your own work.
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:

Well in 40 years of climbing I have never felt the need to wash a rope - I suppose its not too late to start!

Nah - can't be bothered

Chris
Michael Ryan - on 19 May 2006
In reply to Chris Craggs:
> (In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com)
>
> Well in 40 years of climbing I have never felt the need to wash a rope - I suppose its not too late to start!
>
> Nah - can't be bothered

damn famous sponsored climbers!
Michael Ryan - on 19 May 2006
In reply to TobyA:

Sorry about that Toby and Horse. My pre-coffee in my jammies editing session wasn't too effective. Will try harder and talking to Mr. Alan about volunteer editors and proofers. Appreciate very much the offer.

Mick
Kipper - on 19 May 2006
In reply to Chris Craggs:

I've only got 30 years behind me, but I agree.
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In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:
>
> damn famous sponsored climbers!

Maybe one day - but somehow I doubt it!


Chris

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