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Do I need to replace my rope?

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I've got a 10.2 mm rope that is a couple years old. It has developed significant fuzz on a section and I'm not sure what to do about it. I realize that you all can't see and inspect the rope yourself, but I was wondering if this generally considered a very bad thing and I should retire the rope? I am pretty new to climbing so I freak out if anything on the rope looks suspect. I don't want to spend the money for a rope if I don't need one, BUT this is my life here so if I need to replace it I will. As far as I can tell everything else looks ok, the core is not exposed anywhere.






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Rope fuzz is annoying but only cosmetic. Next step is to feel the rope for a flat spot (where the core is damaged or seperated and all you really feel is sheath). If you find any then it should be replace of at least that portion cut off, just like exposed core.





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