Your ex-canadian military!?!?! Well holy shit, who’d you work with? We mighta done some damage together some place?
Sounds like you were using the “green rope” I still use the two spools that… “fell off a truck”. Its great stuff and will last forever if you keep it outta the sun, going on two years of fair use myself and not a sign of damage or decay.
Does the swiss seat look familiar?
Look at that handsome face!
Paracord sigh done everything with, mostly just to see if we could. Ill never rappel with paracord again if I can help it but it does work and lasts forever. Still got a length in my backyard under tension and has been getting abused for two years (its apart of my rope walk) and is still going strong.
And with all the tying I’ve done I’ve retired a three sets of natural fiber rope (2x jute, 1x hemp) after having them tested they coulda lasted longer than when I had retired them, but the breaking strength after I had retired them compared to new/unused ropes now was between 15% – 20%. Honestly not a huge deal considering the breaking strength at the start for a single stand were 490lbs for the hemp and I dont remember for the jute, but it was weaker, never stopped us from tying with it.
To again to answer your initial question. After all the “fair” wear and tear I’ve put rope through over the last couple of years. Twisted Natural fiber rope such as jute or hemp have shown a greater tendency over the synthetic nylon rope.
*Note: I’ve been using solid braid nylon rope NOT, twisted nylon, twisted nylon excluding the “Green” rope i’ve had little work with.