Hey there. I am new to climbing, have been doing quite a lot in gyms with a friend, and feel that i would like to head outdoor. My dad has an old rope which had limited use, but it is about 13 years old… It has been kept dry, and stored inside a shed, and had no visible signs of wear or decay, but i am not sure if i want to be trusting my weight upon it. Would it be perhaps suitable to lead in the gyms, or to head outdoors with?
it would have lost all of its dynamic properties Maybe someone else could shed some light on the lifetime of lead rope. But i think the manufacturers recommend retiring all ropes after 5 years, independent of use. I would definitely not use it for top roping either, and perhaps, if you are sure it is in good condition, only use it as a rap rope.