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Oct 30, 2013
Global Village, Red River Gorge KY
I recently replaced a rope, due to age rather than falls or wear (sadly, I don't climb as often as I'd like). What is the oldest rope you've climbed on? Reply anonymously via this LINK , or just post below.

If I get a good number of responses in the poll, I'll post the numbers on this thread.
WDW4
Joined Feb 6, 2012
114 points
Oct 30, 2013
Climbing in Smuggler's Notch
When I started climbing, I borrowed my dad's old goldline. Had to be at least 25+ years old at the time. Brian in SLC
Joined Oct 6, 2003
11,031 points
Oct 30, 2013
Back in 2005 or so, I climbed on a rope that was purchased in 1993. I was dubious of the rope's quality, especially after I found 2 core shots in it, and the ropes owner just shrugged and said- yeah, theyve been there for a few months. Good times. John Wilder
From Las Vegas, NV
Joined Feb 1, 2004
2,395 points
Oct 30, 2013
Hanging out with Karin on the summit of Warlock Ne...
About 25-30 years, '50s rope in the mid '80s (might have dated to 1954). My dad threw my brother and I on a top-rope when we were kids with his old rope. Pre-goldline (non-kernmantle - no sheath), 3 main strands, stiff as a cable, and he showed us how you inspect the rope when you're done (go along the whole rope and twist it open and check for rocks between the strands).

My brother and I didn't even think about climbing again until we each stumbled upon rock climbing many years later as adults...
Greg Barnes
Joined Apr 10, 2006
1,568 points
Oct 30, 2013
Myself placing a a blue/yellow offset MC to protec...
i finally donated my 10 year old 10.2 to some boaters. id still climb on it. rock_fencer
From Columbia, SC
Joined Dec 20, 2009
253 points
Oct 30, 2013
Humboldt Bouldering
Wear wise. In Colombia I was leading close to my limit on a super fuzzy rope with one side completely frayed. That's suesca Colombia Josh Kornish
From Eugene, OR
Joined Sep 16, 2009
572 points
Oct 30, 2013
Climbing in Smuggler's Notch
John Wilder wrote:
Back in 2005 or so, I climbed on a rope that was purchased in 1993. I was dubious of the rope's quality, especially after I found 2 core shots in it, and the ropes owner just shrugged and said- yeah, theyve been there for a few months. Good times.


This particular owner doesn't carry Pecks on his rack, by chance? Ha ha.

I still have a fair hunk of the first rope I bought (used). Be interesting to test it. I got it in 1982. Just used it to tie a wine chiller into a truck. Bomber!
Brian in SLC
Joined Oct 6, 2003
11,031 points
Oct 30, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
Brian in SLC wrote:
When I started climbing, I borrowed my dad's old goldline. Had to be at least 25+ years old at the time.


Have top roped on a 1975 Mammut bicolor rope in the last year. It creaks' now, so finally retired it. BUT I do have a similar age goldline that is totally good, still stiff and hard to coil. I'd not lead on it due to the loong stretch that goldline has, but I'd trust it for toprope falls any day yet. It is in virtually pristine condition with few UV hours ever on it. It's just to hard to feed through a belay device for any normal use.
Woodchuck ATC
Joined Nov 29, 2007
3,091 points
Oct 30, 2013
Blue water 10.5 bought as my first rope in 2003, about six mints after starting climbing. jake 356
From worcester
Joined Mar 14, 2012
0 points
Oct 30, 2013
Sunset on top of the Goose Head via Golden Egg   P...
My rope is at least 14 years old. It just towed my car home no problem though! Kyle O
From Tucson, AZ
Joined Sep 1, 2013
28 points
Oct 30, 2013
Only about 10 years.

Never mind the dreaded comment from my partner to somebody else: "I'm not gonna say how old these ropes are, because you (me) have to climb with 'em at Devils Tower!"
flynn
Joined Feb 9, 2002
86 points
Oct 31, 2013
Sunny day on Lost Marsupial, The Throne.
15 years. After ice climbing a couple years in Alaska with it. My main climbing buddy & I were in the same Basic Mountaineering class when that question came up. Funniest look on his face when the instructors answered. "Dude, how old is your rope?". He knew. That was the end of that rope. Dave Lynch
From Waseca, MN
Joined Nov 17, 2009
520 points
Administrator
Oct 31, 2013
9 years. I had no problem climbing on it, but it was as fat as Jabba The Hutt and so it had to go. 20 kN
From Hawaii
Joined Feb 2, 2009
726 points
Oct 31, 2013
A couple of my TR ropes are 25 yr old. Gunkiemike
Joined Jul 29, 2009
1,730 points
Administrator
Oct 31, 2013
JSH @ home  photo courtesy of Gabe Ostriker
I've climbed on Mike's TR ropes. So, yeah. JSH
Joined Apr 3, 2007
1,068 points
Oct 31, 2013
I just test mine every now and again. Either pull a truck out of something, or pull a tree over. If it don't break..... It's good to go and I throw it back in my pack. Only contingency is before the test, I must say "Hold my beer. Watch this." Ian White
From Dubois, Wyoming
Joined Jun 30, 2009
0 points
Oct 31, 2013
Half dome Cables
maybe 10 years? Jan Tarculas
From Riverside, Ca
Joined Mar 6, 2010
804 points
Oct 31, 2013
Stabby
I have one bootied from a fatal in 92 or so that is still fine for top roping. Due to the bad Juju never led on it though. Mike Lane
From Centennial, CO
Joined Jan 21, 2006
839 points
Oct 31, 2013
a picture of rocks
Either Marek the Czechs rope down in IC, back in 2001, or my first rope, a hand me down, was probably 10-12 yrs old, had been up a couple of walls and had a nice crusty feel to it. But hands down Marek's was the scariest. only about 8 years old he told me, but was "good rope" and not to worry he told me because he "did (his) first 14a with this rope" and it had [. multiple core shots, the sheath had slipped about 8 inches on one end and the act of passing through a belay device effectively shaved off the excess fuzz. josh holmes
Joined Sep 5, 2008
211 points
Oct 31, 2013
Global Village, Red River Gorge KY
With 55 responses, the current results are:
Boom
Boom
WDW4
Joined Feb 6, 2012
114 points
Oct 31, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
Oh c'mon, add an 'over 30 years' space to that graph and give me my 1% line on it. Woodchuck ATC
Joined Nov 29, 2007
3,091 points
Oct 31, 2013
yaak crack Red Rock Canyon, NV
pretty sure that would qualify as part of the "I don't know how old that ratty thing was" category. Jon Zucco
From Denver, CO
Joined Aug 15, 2008
357 points
Oct 31, 2013
I have a gold line in my garage. Anyone want to whip on it?

Maybe we can get Austin to video tape it and put it on buzzfeed.
highaltitudeflatulentexpulsion
From Denver
Joined Oct 29, 2012
7 points
Oct 31, 2013
Global Village, Red River Gorge KY
Woodchuck ATC wrote:
Oh c'mon, add an 'over 30 years' space to that graph and give me my 1% line on it.


Haha, noted. I was figuring on a pretty high percentage in the 10-15 year range, but was a little surprised by the comments and posts in the 20+ range.
WDW4
Joined Feb 6, 2012
114 points


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