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I have a 11mm mammoth dynamic rope that I bought about 7 years ago and never used. Do you think it is still good? It's lived in a plastic container under my bed.

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I'm not a rope expert but I other people on the site have said that even in storage a rope will lose strength and stuff over time, whether or not it's true, I have no idea.

The best way to get an answer is to just email the company and ask them.


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I wouldn't hessitate to use it for TRing and since it is an 11mm thats probably what i'd use it for anyway if it was new. I wouldn't use it for leading as it's elasticity might be reduced from the age. Bear in mind I am anal about replacing my lead rope and about impact force on my gear. However, you could send it to me for testing and I'll let you know if it is any good after a year or two of thorough top rope use :twisted:


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I'm not a rope expert but I other people on the site have said that even in storage a rope will lose strength and stuff over time, whether or not it's true, I have no idea.

The best way to get an answer is to just email the company and ask them.

The company is more then likely going to say A) replace it, or B) We can't tell you if it is OK because of liability. In either case you need to use your own judgment. Although I don't actually like using used soft goods I would gladly climb (that is top rope) on a unused and properly stored 7 year old rope.


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If you never used it and it's been kept in storage and not exposed to sunlight or chemicals it's *probably* OK. Maybe try taking it a local shop and have someone who knows what they're talking about look it over. However, I'd say if you have *any* doubts about it's condition just use it for top roping or not at all. A new rope is cheap insurance. You can easily get good 10.5x60m ropes for under $100 bucks online, a bit more if you want one that's dry treated.


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I second that opinion, email the company. Good luck....let us know what they say.


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I have a 11mm mammoth dynamic rope that I bought about 7 years ago and never used. Do you think it is still good? It's lived in a plastic container under my bed.

The usual advice, which I would follow, is that you should not lead on it, because ropes lose their dynamic properties with time, even if not used; but you could still use it as a top rope.

-Jay


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I have a 11mm mammoth dynamic rope that I bought about 7 years ago and never used. Do you think it is still good? It's lived in a plastic container under my bed.

Steve

You can do a search and possibly find other threads on this same subject here. In one of these jt512 and I debated this topic. My opinion is that the rope should be fine, if it has not been used and has been stored as you describe. As others have said, however, use your own best judgement.

I have certainly climbed on ropes that are in much crappier condition than the one you are describing here.

Curt


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Better yet, why don't you e-mail the rope manufacturer and see what they have to say about it? Most manufactures say no more than five years. See what they say to back up that statement.


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I AM SELLING IT...

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You're going to sell someone a rope that you are not certain if it's safe to use?


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My rule of thumb with climbing gear: if you have to ask if you should replace it, you should. This is your life (or someone elses) we're talking about.


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YES!!! of course is still GOOD!!!!

You can use it as a shoe lace (pretty cool uh?), you can make horse harness with it, you can keep a piece on your car for pulling other cars (!?) or...

You can hang yourself with it!!!
...it would probably be safer than using it for climbing...


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Like said above...
You need to use your own judgment.
Seems to me that seveal people that have posted would use this rope.

But if I can't sell it. I will make 10 Dog leashes I think. I don't know what else to do with it. I don't want to let it just sit around for a nother 7 years. then the rope will be useless and unsafe for sure.

P.S. I can't even find the Company that made that rope.

Steve



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You're going to sell someone a rope that you are not certain if it's safe to use?


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There's some company that will take a old/used rope and weave it into a floor mat, not sure who they are though, I saw it in the back of Climbing mag.

If you're going to sell it, make sure they know the history of the rope. Imagine how you'd feel if you sold it to someone and it broke.


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ok ok! :roll: I guess I will be making some dog leashes.

Dog leash anyone? :wink:

Steve


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why dont you use it for toproping? -- or a haul line?

you could definately sell it as a haul-line

-- ricardo


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You probably shouldn't cimb with it. I was always tought that climbing ropes have a shelf-life of up to five years. You shouldn't use it after that.
But yeah, make dog leashes out of it, or cut it open and become intimatly familiar with the rope's construction. There are probably a million and one different ways you can use a climbing rope that you can't climb on. I'm sure alot of you out there can think of some pretty creative stuff
1. Rope Sculpture!!!
2. Rope oragami!!!
3. rope swings!!!
4. dog collars
5. dog leashes
6. kid leashes
7. clothes line
8. cool decoration
9. belt
ect...

Man I gotta get me a rope!!!


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