Just for the hell of it, perhaps this can set someone else’s mind at ease….
A friend recently noted that my rope has “soft spots” near the end of the rope which by implication means the integrity of the core may be affected. Another friend has in the past retired his ropes due to “core shots”…this all sounded very dramatic so I proceeded to check my rope thoroughly.
The only spot I could find where there was any deviation in the feel of the rope when bending it was on a spot where the rope fairly obviously took a bit of a knock (pictured below). It was close to one end of the rope and I’m pretty it just got pinched between the rock and a draw on a route we were trying.
To be fair I should mention that it was hard to repeatedly find the same spot based on the bending alone, I think the abrasion was what really gave it away.
The sheath was still intact which in my mind means that the core would be too, but to be sure I cut off that end and then to satisfy my curiosity about the core I cut it on the spot where it was damaged – everything still looked fine…
In my opinion clearly nothing to worry about….