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How to protect the rope?

As the rope is a relatively vulnerable component in the belay chain, it is important to take care of it. Here are some tips for optimizing the life of your rope.

Warnings

  • Read the technical notice before viewing the following techniques.
  • It is important to fully understand the information provided in the technical notice before using this complementary information
  • Mastering these techniques requires training.
  • Consult a professional before attempting to perform these techniques on your own.
Rope storage

Use a rope bag.

When the rope is in contact with the ground, dirt gets into the rope and accelerates wear. The rope bag keeps the rope off the ground. A rope bag also removes the need for coiling: it is stored stacked, which helps reduce twists.

Using a rope bag.

Rope storage

A rope should not be stored wet.

Before storing, it should be dried in a ventilated area, away from UV.

Chaining the rope for efficient drying.

Chaining the rope for efficient drying.
Chaining the rope for efficient drying.
Chaining the rope for efficient drying.

Rope storage

Do not store a rope in a car trunk in the heat.


Rope storage

Keep your rope far away from chemicals.

The most dangerous chemicals are acids (beware of battery acid, for example).


Alternate usage between the two ends to limit twists and wear on just one end.

Alternate usage between the two ends
Alternate usage between the two ends

Avoid rubbing against edges and avoid positioning the rope in a crack when rappelling.

Avoid rubbing
Avoid rubbing
Avoid rubbing

Rope-on-rope or rope-on-webbing friction is forbidden.

Rope friction warning
Rope friction warning