Ropes are used all throughout climbing activities including in aerial adventure parks and on zip line tours. The application might range from providing a loop to step on to being the lifeline for an assist device. Ropes used for life safety applications, like in a Mark Elephant, need to be cared for and inspected regularly. Here are a few pointers to follow to make sure your rope will be ready when you need it.
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- Avoid stepping on rope and using it in dirt filled environments. The dirt can work its way into a rope and degrade it from within.
- Keep chemicals away from ropes. Harsh cleaners or leaking batteries can severely damage a rope.
- Limit exposure to UV rays. Just like the sun fades your car's interior it can wear away at critical ropes and reduce their strength.
- Clean your rope. A rope that has become dirty can usually be cleaned with warm water and mild soap. Hang your rope, uncoiled and away from the sun, to dry.
- Inspect your rope frequently to ensure it will always be ready when you need it.
- Run the entire length through your hands looking at and feeling the rope for issues.
- Feel for hard, soft, or flat spots in the rope.
- Look for cuts, nicks or excessive abrasion.
- Check any attachment points including knots or sewn eyes.
- Storage: Check that where the rope is kept is dry, cool, and away from contaminants or other potential harms. This can even include possible rodent interaction.
- Review the manufacturer's guidelines for rope life expectancy.
Note: Manufacturer's recommendations, manuals, and instructions should always be referenced and followed.
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