/ is my rope still safe to use
I have been out of the country for a year.
during that time my car has been in my parents garage and I have been using it to store my climbing gear and some other things.
My rope has been loosely coiled in a large bag(Ikea) and stored in the passenger foot well,
The rope is around 3 years old, it has been used mainly for indoor leading, and summer cragging and the odd mountain route, It has never held an outdoor fall and is in good condition.And there is nothing that could have came into contact with it while it has been in the car.
will the extreme temperature changes have had any adverse affect on the rope?
Is it still safe to use or should I bin it.
any info or advice will be greatly appreciated.
It's pretty shit every time you go ice climbing/mountaineering on a rope and it snaps every time it gets cold.
> It's pretty shit every time you go ice climbing/mountaineering on a rope and it snaps every time it gets cold.
Or melts when the sun comes out
Has it stayed clean and dry?
Has it stayed out of direct sunlight?
If yes to both then I'd not be worried.
couldn't hurt to give it a wash and dry in a warm room. Only thing that would concern me is a possible build up of mould which a wash would take care of..should be fine!
Agree that "if in doubt, throw it out".
It would have been better if you had thought about this before leaving it in the footwell of your car.
It's been a tad chilly at times, and I vaguely remember a couple of days when it was fairly warm, but we haven't had any "extreme" temperatures in the UK over the last year.
Unless your parents live in Arizona? Or their garage is actually a greenhouse? ;o)
If there's no chance it's been exposed to acid (eg: battery acid) and the mice haven't been at it, it'll be fine.
Some manufacturers actually specifically recommend against storing textile gear in cars during hot days as cars can get very hot! However with the car being inside a garage I doubt that has been a problem. Cold won't be an issue.
Run the the rope through your hands looking for mould and dead spots and checking for any other obvious damage. If it looks OK I'd recommend using it.
A 3 year old rope thats not seen any serious abuse ? I don't think I'd be considering binning if it was mine.
or give it to me and I will use it :-)
I'd use it without a second thought. In fact I do, my gear mostly lives in the car and has done so for nearly decade.
As ever, it's your call though.
Actually motor oil is relatively harmless to a climbing rope (clean oil certainly is anyway), as are petrol and diesel. Not that contamination with any of those would be desirable, obviously.
The only fluid in a car that would seriously damage a rope on contact is the acid in the battery. If the OP has oil, fuel or battery acid sloshing about in the footwell of his car, he probably needs a new rope and a new car.
How do you get oil in the boot, or the footwell for that matter?
My mate's battery boiled up in the boot a while back, that wasn't so good for his gear. Thankfully we'd lost his rope somewhere the week before so at least he didn't have to bin that :) God alone knows how he mopped it out by hand without getting even slightly burned.
> Actually motor oil is relatively harmless to a climbing rope (clean oil certainly is anyway), as are petrol and diesel. Not that contamination with any of those would be desirable, obviously.
Do you have a source for that?
Ropes don't break. Have you considered the abuse that caving ropes get?
> Ropes don't break.
I think that needs some caveats...
Interesting, but spectacularly badly written up. Shame. They don't even define 'fall' or even what happened after N 'falls'.
> I think that needs some caveats...
Here's the obvious two:
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