Climber makes couch out of old rope (and 9 other odd uses)

What do you do when your climbing rope reaches the end of its load-bearing lifetime? You can let it take up space in storage, recycle it, or. . . like these creative climbers below, turn it into something new. The Access Fund, a national advocacy group that preserves climbing environments, recently asked its members to submit photos of old ropes put to new use. These were a few of the results. —Amy Oberbroeckling

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Handmade “rope couch” among the more creative submissions

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View from the top of a handmade rope ladder

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Dog leash

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Lounge chairs made out of old ropes? Brilliant.

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Old ropes make for a sturdy outdoor mat

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This DIY rug is dog-approved!

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Impress climber friends with a homemade wine holder

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