All climbers know the financial pain that comes with the need to retire an old rope, and the dilemma about what to do with it (there are only so many ropes you need to tie stuff on the roof of your car). While Millet has pioneered the development of recycling facilities for old ropes in Europe, that is still a fair way off here in Australia.
But they have now also developed the ‘world’s first ecologically friendly’ rope, which might be a partial solution to the problem of having to get rid of an old rope.
It is being hailed as being produced in an ecologically sustainable manner, using reduced energy (66% compared with traditional rope manufacturing process), and fewer chemicals. Millett claim that the reinforced sheath and Triaxiale technology improves the lifespan of a rope by up to 25%.