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Topic - New abseil rope - advice on pre use treatment needed

Andrew Wilson - on 24 Apr 2014
Hi,

I've just bought a 100m abseil rope and am trying to find out the best way to prepare it for first use. I want to avoid turning it into a horrible tangled mess for the rest of its useful life.
The rope is 10.5 DMM worksafe. There is nothing specific in the certification that came with it or on their website.
I have read that simply uncoiling carefully avoiding twists and then re-coiling should suffice. I have also seen on Needlesports website that they recommend soaking the rope in water (carefully flaked out avoiding twists) drying and re-coiling. This shrinks the rope but is allowed for. It is Beal rope which they stock and I wonder if this treatment is specific to them?

Any advice gratefully received.

Thanks

Andy
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