Gear Replacement Recommendations

Discussion in 'Search, Rescue and Technical Skills' started by DYSPHORIC JOY, Oct 5, 2016.

  1. DYSPHORIC JOY

    DYSPHORIC JOY Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    6,060
    Likes Received:
    13,060
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    The Land of Copperheads and Baccer Spit
    For example, is there a shelf life on a harness?
     
  2. Andy the Aussie

    Andy the Aussie Moderator of the Century Staff Member

    Messages:
    7,639
    Likes Received:
    12,278
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Australia
    And rope... ?
     
  3. Mountainmistwanderer

    Mountainmistwanderer Member

    Messages:
    1,896
    Likes Received:
    3,484
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Gamma Quadrant
    You looking for rappelling gear?
     
  4. trench

    trench Member

    Messages:
    223
    Likes Received:
    281
    Location:
    St louis
    My harnesses at work are 5 years of properly inspected, and maintained unless any single stress thread is damaged then it's trash
     
  5. Bushman5

    Bushman5 Member

    Messages:
    10,780
    Likes Received:
    22,128
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    west
    Rope....yes. Depends on how it was used and maintained. Ropes that see a lot of heat from rapple racks and abrasion and dirt will need to be retired sooner than a rope that sees a couple weekends a year.
     
  6. Jeff Randall

    Jeff Randall ESEE Knives / Randall's Adventure & Training Staff Member

    Messages:
    6,165
    Likes Received:
    12,535
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Alabama
    They say 5 years but that's mainly for liability purposes. There have been tests performed on properly stored ropes a lot older than 5 years and MBS is still about the same as new rope. Use your common sense and proper inspection techniques and you will know when it's time to retire. With that said, I've retired gear after a year (or even less time) when it didn't look right - and this was not some rope that took a core shot. It depends on the sheath and other construction materials as to what works best for the environment you're using it in. Our practice is to always inspect before and after use. On ropes I lay them out and visually inspect the entire length. Any suspect area I pinch to make sure the core is still good since sheath abrasions don't mean the rope is bad.
     
  7. Andy the Aussie

    Andy the Aussie Moderator of the Century Staff Member

    Messages:
    7,639
    Likes Received:
    12,278
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Australia
    Unused rope stored in a clean dry environment for example .. ;)
     
  8. Jeff Randall

    Jeff Randall ESEE Knives / Randall's Adventure & Training Staff Member

    Messages:
    6,165
    Likes Received:
    12,535
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Alabama
    Not necessarily. Lots of myths in the rope rescue community. For example dropping an aluminum carabiner may cause stress cracks across the axis. Possible? Sure, anything is but probable, no.
     

Share This Page