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Protect Your Ropes with Chafe Pro
Chafe-Pro®’s chafe guards have been designed specifically for the recreational boater who use smaller diameter lines (ropes). However, I have found an additional use for them: to protect handlines (ropes) that have been permanently placed in the mountains to assist hikers/climbers up difficult sections of rock.
What happens is the rope becomes abraded as it rubs across the rock. Over time this can compromise the rope and it can become dangerous. Normally we replace the ropes when needed. By covering the rope with Chafe-Pro®’s chafe guards the rope will not become abraded thus keeping hikers and climbers safe.
The chafe guards I have are 26 inches in length. They are closed along the length (all 26 inches) and on each end by heavy duty velcro. They are very thick and should protect the rope for years. Chafe guards are very flexible and can bend around the rock.
As seen in the photos below a knot at the end of the rope will keep chafe guards secure to the rope. You do not want them sliding down the rope.
For more information and to order go to: www.ChafePro.com
Branch Whitney is the author of Hiking Las Vegas and creator of the 52 Peak Club where members hike to the best 52 Peaks around Las Vegas, NV