Your climbing rope is made to keep you safe and help you climb up rugged terrain and to repel down cliffs and craggy peaks. There is no way to prevent your rope from getting dirty. It is stretched tightly over dust covered ground and the pressure from the tension drives dirt, grime and debris into the fibers. Hidden grime can wear away at the integrity and strength of the rope. This is why it’s so important to properly clean your rope to keep it in excellent condition.
One of the most common questions asked by rock climbers is how tight the shoes should fit. This is a good question and the answer needs to address several issues about fit. The quick response is that they should be well fitting in all areas of the foot. For safety and comfort, your climbing shoes should be snug in some areas with a little play in others.
Your climbing rope isn’t going to last forever, but how do you know when it’s time to retire it from use?
You should inspect it regularly to check for signs of wear and damage. If you see fuzzy spots, flat spots or any cuts or severe fraying, then it’s probably time to think about retiring your rope from use and replacing it with a new one.
It can be hard to know exactly when a rope is damaged to the point of being unsafe to use, but if you have any doubts, it’s better to be safe than to place yourself in danger.
Climbing shoes take a lot of abuse and they stand between you and the ground that you walk on. It’s important to clean your climbing shoes regularly to keep them maintained and in their best possible conditions.
Climbing shoes are exposed to dirt, grime and environmental toxins. Sweat collects on the inside and it’s easy for fungus to develop in them. This decreases the amount of use you’ll get from them and when they weaken, they could fail you at a bad time that could put you in danger.