The middle marker on my rope has worn away, what is the best method of re-applying it?

The middle marker on my rope has worn away, what is the best method of re-applying it?

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By Camella Matheson | Jul 27th 2015 |
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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Jul 27th 2015
Hi Camella, We have a few tricks up our sleeve for this problem. 1. Draw it back on: There are some tests that show the strength of a rope can be weakened by using a normal pen but it is unlikely the effect has more impact than tying a knot in the rope. To be safe, we recommend a specialist pen for doing this, such as the Sharpie Rub-a-Dub laundry marker. 2. Sew dental floss into the sheath: We're not really sure why dental floss has become the popular choice instead of just using some nylon thread, we can only imagine it appeals to the dirtbag side of every climber. You should try to be as minimal as possible with your sewing and definitely read into this method before sticking a needle into your rope. 3. Mark with chalk: this is a temporary solution but it can be really useful if you have to do a lot of rappels and dont happen to have any dental floss and a needle with you. You will have to mark your rope every couple of rappels to keep the mark visible. Hope that helps, Dave

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