Checking a rope for contamination


How you can analyse a rope to see if a discoloured section has been contaminated with acid

Just looking through some old articles (2009), we came across an interesting British Mountaineering Council (BMC) report on a Beal rope that snapped whilst in use on a climbing wall.

Paragraph 2 details the use of distilled water and a pH test to establish if the area of the break had been contaminated with an acid.

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