I have an older climbing rope. I have stored it well and it has not had any severe falls. Is there a way to verify that it is still a trust worthy rope?
How old is old. Are you the sole owner and user? What are the specifics of "stored well". How worn is the sheath? Any lumps or irregularities? How much use has the rope received (days of climbing)?
In the end, if you don't feel confident that the rope has adequate strength, replace it. Rope is cheap compared to human life....
When you say "stored well", has it been exposed to sunlight? Fluctuating, perhaps extreme, temperatures? Insects or rodents? Assuming it's a modern rope, if it has been stored at reasonable temperature, not subjected to sunlight or any kind of chemicals, and not obviously physically damaged, it's probably fine.
Personally, I would check with the manufacturer as to proper storage requirements.
And, as has been said before, if in doubt, replace it.
Interesting that none of has stated the industry mantra - "replace after ten years, even with no use". Color me dubious - this sounds like n excellent way to boost sales. I understand there are tests by Black Diamond and others which show no degradation after ten years of good storage - the key is proper storage - no sunlight, chemical fumes or substances, etc. and proper care when used (don't step on the rope!)With no moree feedback from the OP, we will have to leave it - replace when you no longer have confidence in it or there are ovious signs of damage/degradation. I don't know of any test or testing facility that doesn't involve destruction of at lest part of the rope
Hey there..i just saw this post and wanted to chime in...i have a rope i won at a comp in '86 i still use for top roping...it looks fine, inspection looks good. I know the history. That being said i don't lead on it anymore because it's old...but i feel fine about tope roping on it.. I've never been into hangdogging so it still looks new...but i don't feel good about taking lead falls on it...the possibilty of whippers is nerve racking enough with a newer rope. Not worth it to me.