Jump to content
  • Announcements

    • olyclimber

      WELCOME TO THE CASCADECLIMBERS.COM FORUMS   02/03/18

      We have upgraded to new forum software as of late last year, and it makes everything here so much better!  It is now much easier to do pretty much anything, including write Trip Reports, sell gear, schedule climbing related events, and more. There is a new reputation system that allows for positive contributors to be recognized,  it is possible to tag content with identifiers, drag and drop in images, and it is much easier to embed multimedia content from Youtube, Vimeo, and more.  In all, the site is much more user friendly, bug free, and feature rich!   Whether you're a new user or a grizzled cascadeclimbers.com veteran, we think you'll love the new forums. Enjoy!
Sign in to follow this  
CaleHoopes

Rope in duffel with white gas...

Recommended Posts

Folks,

 

Call me a n00b when it comes to rope care, but I think I know the answer to my question here...

 

I have a dry treated Mammut Infinity 60m rope that made it into a duffel with a MSR fuel bottle that had a loose lid. When the duffel got home, I found the error and the duffel smelled pretty bad... the rope WAS in a rope bag, however, the rope bag actually smelled pretty bad too. I totally let it all dry out, but I'm thinking that if the rope got soaked in white gas there could be a weakness in the rope. Therefore, it's probably getting retired as "practice rope".

 

Thoughts? I'm really curious whether or not you'd retire your rope in this situation. The bottle was probably only 22 oz of white gas, but was empty once we got home.

 

Anyhoo, let me know what you think - discuss - and spray too, I'm cool with that.

 

Cale

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Folks,

... but I'm thinking that if the rope got soaked in white gas there could be a weakness in the rope. Therefore, it's probably getting retired as "practice rope".

 

Thoughts?

 

I'm thinking that for a couple hundred bucks, I'd just go get another rope. That's a LOT cheaper than a hospital bill (or worse).

 

Wash it then use if for a haul rope, or even weave it into a rug, but retire it from "active duty".

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
That's totally what I'm thinking too. I just wanted to hear from some experts (or sprayers).

 

Well, I am no expert on ropes, but I do know that fuel is a solvent, and ropes are made of synthetic material(s), so I'd be cautious about using it again, not knowing what, if any damage has occurred.

 

An interesting possibility:

 

http://www.summitpost.org/so-you-want-to-make-a-rope-rug-eh/263578

Edited by grandpa

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
It is best to assume that all chemicals are bad for your rope. Do not expose your nylon or polyester ropes to chemicals. That said, much recent data has been collected regarding how substances affect rope life. Data available from Honeywell Corporation (makers of nylon 6, polyester and Spectra®) shows that nylon’s strength is not greatly affected by motor oil, mineral oil, salt water, Freon, gasoline, kerosene, benzene, chloroform, paints, pine oils, or insect repellents containing DEET. Chemicals that should be avoided at all costs are bleach and sulfuric acid. Still even with this reassurance it is best to protect your rope from any exposure to any acids or alkalis and to store your rope in a cool dry envi- ronment.

 

http://www.sterlingrope.com/media/document/techmanual.pdf

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, I am no expert on ropes, but I do know that fuel is a solvent, and ropes are made of synthetic material(s)

 

Just because naptha is a solvent doesn't mean it negatively affects nylon. Nylon has excellent resistance to many chemical solvents, including gasoline.

 

http://k-mac-plastics.net/data%20sheets/nylon_chemical_resistance_chart.htm

 

That said, I'd probably replace the rope anyway.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey guys. Thanks for all of the advice. I got exactly what I expected and will be buying a new rope. Now it looks like I got a rope for some fun knot tying practice.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  

×