Rope should be labeled at both ends with "CUCC", the year of first use and the rope length. Where the manufacturer specifies the maximum end of life date, this may also be specified, eg CUCC 2016-25. Rope without a specified manufacturers lifetime, shall be retired after 5 years and one expo. The exception to this is where we have guidance from the manufacturer that the rope will last longer and drop testing results indicate the rope is OK.
Rope should be chained only when it is washed and checked. Dirty or unchecked rope may be coiled. Rope should be washed, checked and measured at the end of each expo. Ropes should be retired, when they have received a fall with a factor of greater than 0.5, when there any defects detected (examples bottom left corner) or are older than 5 years without a maximum end of life date. The maximum end of life date may be determined by cutting of a section of rope and finding the plastic strip that should contain the manufacturer and date of manufacture. This may then allow the manufacturers guidance to be determined.
Now read the Expo Rigging Guide on rope care and retirement.
|Year put into service||Manufacturer||Type||Manufacturer Documentation||Description / Photo||Drop test results||(Intended) retirement|
|2022||Corde Courante||9mm Equirial||General notice||white with blue and black strips||To be tested 2024||Post expo 2027|
|2018||Corde Courante||9mm Equirial||General notice||green with 3 black strips||To be tested 2021||Post expo 2028|
|2018||Teufelberger||9mm Patron||General notice||blue orange (UK Caving Donation)||To be tested 2021||Post expo 2028|
|2017||Teufelberger||9mm Patron||General notice||blue black blue (UK Caving Donation)||To be tested 2020||Post expo 2027|
|2016||Corde Courante||9mm Equirial||General notice||black green black||To be tested 2019||Post expo 2026|
|2016||Corde Courante||10mm Equirial||General notice||black green||To be tested 2019||Post expo 2026|
|2016||Corde Courante||11mm Equirial||General notice||alternating black green||To be tested 2019||Post expo 2026|
|2015||Corde Courante||9mm Equirial||General notice||black green black||To be tested 2018||Post expo 2025|
|2015||Corde Courante||10mm Equirial||General notice||black green||To be tested 2018||Post expo 2025|
|2014||Corde Courante||10mm||None||black green||Section with heavy glazing to be tested 2015||Post expo 2020|
|2014||Corde Courante||9mm||None||black green black||Section with mild glazing to be tested 2015||Post expo 2020|
|2012||Mammut||10.5mm Pro static||Spec||yellow with 2 black strips, or two red strips||Post expo 2022|
|2012||Beal||Antipodies||Lifetime info||Thin Red and Black strips||Post expo 2022|