I've lent my friend a five year old single climbing rope for a garden project. It was in meticulous condition until then.
Instead of a weekend it took him more like six weeks to complete his project to fix a leaking roof of a hut in a valley.
However, the rope got dirty and wet in typical central European autumn conditions. So not too much UV ingress. Unfortunately, it was not stored properly and stayed outdoors for the whole time.
The sheath and the core seem to have sustained no damage at all. Only some stains are to be seen.
How do I tell if the rope is still safe to be used (for sports climbing)?