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Rope fuzz or core shot?

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  1. Drock

    Drock

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    I saw this area of 'fuzz' on my last trip and inspected today, curious if this is just fuzz or a core shot? This patch is about 9ft from the center of the rope. Appreciate any insight.

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  2. W.B.

    W.B.

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    No core visible? Not a coreshot.

    Looks suspect to me although it's hard to see just how much is involved with the fibers coming out like that at the angle of the photograph. Looks like it is possible that multiple entire fiber bundles in the weave are damaged. Note the direction of the weave and see how much of the sheath is damaged around the circumference. If enough of the bundles are damaged in a short section it can part unexpectedly. I had a rope somewhat like that and I used it for 10 or so trips without seemingly more damage and then it completely parted the sheath and slid down on the core. Was more exciting than I was expecting given that I had seen no progression in damage. Note that I never had the classic coreshot visible damage until the sheath failed entirely.

    I'd be careful. I'm not convinced that all sheath damage is easily judged from external review. Not worth the risk.

    My view is slight fuzz over short distance or even longer distance is usually ok, but complete or mostly complete fiber bundles broken for long distances and/or around the circumference is bad news.

    I would not trust this rope.
  3. Drock

    Drock

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    Thanks W.B.
  4. ratagonia

    ratagonia

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    Though I don't know exactly where, I'm pretty sure there is a coreshot in there somewhere.

    Congratulations. I think you now have TWO ropes, though both are shorter than the original.

    Tom
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  5. Bootboy

    Bootboy Atwood Gear

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    I've said it before, and I'll say it again:

    Canyoneering ropes never die, they just get shorter.


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  6. Drock

    Drock

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    Yup, rope will be cut. Thanks Tom & Bootboy.
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