Does the impact increase when taking a series of falls on a rope?

11:01 a.m. on April 10, 2015 (EDT)
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Black Diamond has posted an interesting quick study of the effect on ropes when taking a series of severe falls. This was posted on Rock and Ice's online newsletter as part of their Climb Safe series. One of the questions addressed is whether a rope needs to "rest" between falls. Obviously, the old adage of "don't fall" is the best thing. But sometimes when pushing your limits, you do take a fall. The rope is, of course, your safety line and your backup.

11:15 a.m. on April 10, 2015 (EDT)
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that was neat, and one would expect that no matter how good, the materials in the rope are not perfectly elastic and wont recover completely in an instant

"As stated above, this is not an exhaustive study and there are many more tests and experiments we could perform if we weren't busy making the best climbing gear in the world."


you would think that understanding the performance of the materials used in your ropes would be a big part of "making the best climbing gear in the world"

10:39 a.m. on April 13, 2015 (EDT)
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The traditional response is that after some severe falls your climbing rope needs to be retired.  Rafters like to buy used climbing rope for use as a static line and rescue applications.

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