EDELRID is known for innovative ropes with the highest quality and safety standards. We have put together a few basics about rope care so that you can enjoy your climbing rope for a long time. The second part of the article deals with checking the climbing rope for damage, the correct cleaning of a climbing rope, and gives general information about the service life of a climbing rope. If you have any questions about coiling and uncoiling a rope or about the right way to store it, you will find answers in the first part of the article.
Climbing ropes are made to be used. However, every route you climb leaves its mark. This is why you should carefully inspect your rope before and after you use it. In addition to a visual inspection, it's important to run the rope through your hands, meter by meter. This will enable you to detect any small irregularities or signs of damage. In the event of a serious incident (e.g. stonefall, big fall) you should pay particular attention when checking your rope.
You can't avoid your rope getting dirty (especially if you don't use a rope bag). This is not a problem and it certainly does not mean that you need to replace it. A rope is a textile product and can be washed. If your rope is really dirty, washing will actually improve its handling. Use a mild synthetic detergent from a specialist retailer. The best way to wash your rope is by hand in lukewarm water. The delicates cycle (30°C) in the washing machine is also OK. Important – don't use the spin cycle and never tumble dry your rope. To dry your rope – don't hang it up and avoid direct sunlight. The best way to dry it is to spread it out on the ground in a cool, dark place.
Ropes deteriorate even when they are not used. At the very latest they should be replaced after ten years as synthetic fibers deteriorate over time. A rope that is only used occasionally and stored carefully can provide three to six years of service. If you use your rope on a very regular basis and it takes lots of falls, we advise you to downgrade it to toprope use only after one year. It's not possible to provide exact values for rope lifespan. In particular, difficult handling or a worn sheath should make it clear to the safety-conscious user that it's time to replace a rope. It's important to replace a rope if it has been subjected to extreme forces or if it is damaged. For example, if:
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