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Chockstone Forum - Gear Lust / Lost & Found

Rave About Your Rack Please do not post retail SPAM.

Poll Option Votes Graph
Put it back on your rack and forget about it 24
Throw it in the rubbish 0
Sell it on-line 1
Leave it on Tiger Wall for a dirtbag to find 4

Dropped gear

8:07:10 PM
So you've dropped an almost new and very expensive piece of hardware about a hundred metres. It falls without bouncing and lands with a dull thud. When you get back down, you find it on a log, with no visible damage.

Do you...

E. Wells
8:13:21 PM
A. Not even a debate IMO.

8:39:39 PM
Wot dija drop?

U 4got tha option of listin it as found booty, on chocky.
Eh ed, eres anotha item 4U2claim.

6:50:14 PM
What sort of gear was it?
7:27:28 PM
Climbing equipment made from strong, tough, non brittle materials. Why does the myth of dropped gear being dangerous persist?

Sure high localised stress can occur from dropping a carabiner. But that is no different from hundreds of other ways that high localised stresses put on carabiners. The fact that your gear gets scratch in normal use also shows high localised stress. Not to mention notching from falling on hanger bolts.
7:15:57 AM
I you affect the mechanism (gate doesn't shut or cams don't move smoothly) then turf it.
8:23:38 AM
The joys of US of A . Strength in KN but concrete in psi and height and speed in feet and mph . How can they not adapt SI ?

9:03:28 AM
If the mechanisms work, I would not hesitate to use it.

However climbing is a very mental pursuit. If you're going to be worried about the cam/biner/etc when it's the only piece keeping you off the deck, it might negatively affect your climbing via an entirely psychological effect. In that case, you might consider chucking it or giving it away.

I've thrown out some slings and dogbones that were just two years old and were probably totally fine, just because it got into my head that they were looking a bit worn and might not be fine. I bought new slings and don't think about it anymore, which has made my climbing a bit more enjoyable.

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