All - How does everyone care for and store their ropes? I am now up to 4 ropes (two 60m's, a 35m and 70m).
After a climb, I usually let them dry out, give them a run through with my hands and eyeballs (feeling/looking for and damage or wear) and coil or butterfly them. Then I throw the rope in a box with a somewhat airtight seal. Worked pretty good in Colorado and so far near the beach in California (somewhat dry climates).
Anyway, I've seen guys hang them, put them in bags or bins, inside the house or in the garage, back of the car, etc. What's best practice --- or does it matter?
Also, after how many years (or climbs) do you retire a rope. I've got a 5 year old rope that is spotless, but I'm getting nervous about the age... thoughts?
Thanks in advance...