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Apr 2, 2012, 7:20 PM

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Re: [USnavy] Has a rope ever broke with no extenuating circumstances?
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USnavy wrote:
dead_horse_flats wrote:
First, we need to define what "rope failure" actually is. No, I dont think anyone has ever completely severed a rope in half from "too big" of a lead fall (aside from failure due to sharp edges or chemical alteration). However complete sheath failure, resulting in serious injury, has occurred. When rappelling a 11mm static rope in Yosemite this happened to me:


The rope deshethed as my belay device hit a worn section of the rope. I slid down the rope until the sheath jammed in my belay device, stopping me. A few of the core strands failed as my Trango Cinch attempted to jam the core strands, but failed to. The rope could have failed and if it had, my death/ injury would have been a result from rappelling on an excessively worn rope, which seems to meet your qualifications. Someone in Hawaii had the same thing happen to her a few years back. She was rappelling on a rope and the sheath failed sending her 60 feet to the deck. The rope did not completely fail, however, because belay devices grab onto the sheath of the rope, she just slid down the core strands to the ground. I did not have that problem because in my case, the sheath failed in the belay device, not after the belay device. Had the sheath severed after it passed through my belay device, it would have been pinching the detatched sheath instead of the core strands and I would have likely decked (think of trying to rappel by holding onto the rope through a banana peel)

Dang. Damned. Crap. That is basically the repetitive nightmare that I keep having, and why I asked this question. Would the moderator please delete USNavy's post and I'll pretend I never read this.

Isnt there something on this website that lets me block USNavy's posts?

Seriously tho, how old was the rope and how bad was the wear?

(This post was edited by dead_horse_flats on Apr 2, 2012, 10:03 PM)

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