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This is not what they said. They say "falling more causes more stress on the gear" which is correct. The caveat here is that falling is meaning free falling due to additional slack in the system. This is wholly different from a soft catch which does not add slack but distributes the force of the catch over a longer period of time, therefore breaking while "...


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Manziel's answer is very good. A detail that was left out, however, is that ropes are just very big elastic bands. Instead of relying on polymer chains expanding, they work by deforming twisted nylon strands. These strands, after a fall, are elongated according to fall factor: the higher the factor, the more they lose their twist. This twist is partially or ...


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I am sure there is no simple formula to add everything up as the load of a high factor fall is not increasing linearly. There have been experiments conducted by Pit Schubert in which he tested a rope with repeated falls on factor 0.35-0.45 on a rope rated to 5 falls with an 80 kilo mass. (Basically the norm just with a low fall factor) He reports that the ...


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