I know there is a degree of "gray" in this question but:
I have a Beal Top gun II 10.5mm, I've had this rope for around 4 years now and I'm starting to think about retiring it.
- It's been used mainly for indoor lead climbing but also outdoor trad and top roping.
- It had a year of, practically, zero use (Where I got seriously into my bouldering in preperation for a trip to Fontainbleu).
- I've always keept it in my wardrobe so it's not been exposed to sunlight or extremes of temperatures for any amount of time.
- It's never had any serious falls, at most 2m on an indoor lead wall (I weight about 12 stone 77Kg or so, so I'm also not heavy).
- There has been a light increase in the amount of stretch to the rope but nothing major
- I inspect it often and there is no "seath slippage" or damage of note
- I have noticed that the rope has a tendency to go a "bit square" when under load. I don't really know what this means?
Any thought about when this rope should be retired?
I'm thinking about semi retiring it now as it's 60m long and quite heavy. I rarely use half of this amount and my back would appreciate a lighter shorter rope!