/ What do you do with old ropes?

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gimmer on 15 Feb 2013
As the title suggests - what do you do with old ropes that you want to retire? I have a couple just sitting in the back of a cupboard, don't want to just chuck them in the bin when they could be used for something else, e.g. tying up boats, knot practise...?

Anyone know of scout groups, charities in the Bristol area who may want something like this?

Cheers
knighty - on 15 Feb 2013
In reply to gimmer:

I've seen some pretty cool rugs (if you can call them that) made out of retired rope. You just need to learn how to weave it together. I wouldn't be surprised if there was already a tutorial on YouTube. Good luck!
annieman - on 15 Feb 2013
In reply to gimmer:
Make your own rope rug, http://www.roperugs.com/

BMC have a pilot project going on to recycle ropes. http://www.thebmc.co.uk/rope-recycling-pilot-underway

Enjoy

Robin
Flash - on 15 Feb 2013
In reply to gimmer:

I bet these guys will appreciate extra boat rope:
www.severnsidesac.com
(although not a Scout group, charity, etc)
Jenny C on 15 Feb 2013
Donate them to Green Peak Gear http://greenpeakgear.org/

Where they will be recycled and any profits donated to the BMC Access and Conservation Trust.
Ross B - on 15 Feb 2013
In reply to gimmer:

Ytour local sea cadet unit will almost certainly bite your hand off for them, retired climbing rope is normally great for rope work and rigging training, and handle a lot better then most rope we can get get ahold off, their are 2 units in bristol and 1 in thornbury

Ross
gimmer on 15 Feb 2013
In reply to gimmer:
Great ideas everyone, thank you!
LastBoyScout on 15 Feb 2013
In reply to gimmer:

I've used older ropes I wouldn't lead on as abseil ropes and sometimes just as a bit of safety when rigging anchors for abseils.

I use old ropes, harnesses and slings for tree surgery - I don't mind about getting sap on them and they're not going to take a leader fall.
peter fetlar on 15 Feb 2013
In reply to gimmer: ebay
sjminfife - on 15 Feb 2013
In reply to gimmer: My wife is using mine for "long leading" i.e. training the crazy chocolate lab on a long lead. Your local dog trainer or kennel may be able to use them.
sjm
Flat4matt - on 15 Feb 2013
In reply to gimmer:

Thatll be one fit pooch running 60m of rope out :-)

wilkie14c - on 15 Feb 2013
In reply to gimmer:
I use them to add to the piles of rotting tat on varioue crags in Wales, I am selective though - I only do it where there is a reasonable walk-off path next to the abb station.
If they are really bad I'll ebay them and describe them with sayings like 'never been fallen on'

:-D
The Ex-Engineer - on 15 Feb 2013
In reply to gimmer: I advertised on here and gave away a load to a Scout group in Somerset.

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