Have you got old climbing rope lying around and (lots of) spare time? Then check this out from Edelrid.
The guys over at Ederid know all about what happens to a climbing rope once it’s reaching the end of its climbing life. Not a lot. The specialised sheath/core nature of modern climbing rope means that it is incredibly difficult finding proper recycling solutions for old rope.
That’s why they’ve come up with the idea of weaving your own mat out of old rope. It may not be the most exciting pastime in the world, but if it’s raining and you can’t get to the crag then it’s definitely worth a try. It won’t cost you anything either.
Over on the Edelrid website the German manufacturer has put together an entire guide to help you make use of your old climbing gear.
Alongside the full video walkthrough, they’ve put together a full written step-by-step how-to guide complete with a printable PDF rope mat template and a list of all the materials required.
They recommend using a 40m rope, cut into two 20m lengths for ease of weaving and you can use different coloured ropes to enhance your design. Making your own rope mat is a great activity for wet weekends when bad weather stops you going to the crag, and it’s easy to get the kids involved as well. Though obviously we would recommend an adult deals with the nails and the hot knife or lighter required to cut the rope.
For more details head to the Edlerid website.