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Birthday presents for climbers 1-Sep-2010 At 4:49:03 AM rod
On 31/08/2010 nmonteith wrote:
>Send all this stuff to me! Most of my quickdraws date from the 1990s.
>How can you go through 20 in less than two years? And replacing a helmet
>after 2 years??

Smelly shoes are in the post Neil, make sure you tip the postie.

I was talking to the little lady about it this week, I sent some photos of the stuff and she soon got the Todd Skinner point of it all, but even she reckons I don't climb that much...crikey, I'm not a guide.

No joke the draws are trashed after 18 to 24 months, there's such visible rope/bolt wear that I retire some of them earlier...but they're not dangerous, taking a look at my original Reverso one day in the middle of a multi-pitch gave me the heeby jeebies: 3 seasons. Helmet: Petzl Meteor III completely trashed in 2 years, I think it must have reacted with the sunscreen/sweat combo or everyone would be returning them. The harness is what pained me the most though: Arcteryx gold plated expensive item and the leg section at the belay loop was beyond orange after less than 2 years: on that one I asked Super Cyrille to send it back to the rep and give him what for. Ropes I'm OK with, I can use them for statics and approach/descent cordes but the rest of the items mentioned piss me off because I really don't think I put them through the ringer.

Luckily my cams and nuts will last a lifetime, they gather cobwebs between mountain jaunts.

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