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Aug 23, 2011
The Raven - Shelf Road
So, there I was, nearing the end of the splitter finger crack on Walt-Bailey. I was cruxing out a little bit, because... well, because I don't think I have ever climbed a finger crack before this. Anyway, I reach down to grab my trusty yellow master cam, which just happens to be my single favorite piece of gear. I'm not sure why. It just is. So, I reach down, unclip the piece from my left front gear loop and go to place it, but it suddenly jerks to a halt. What the fudge?! I look down and the end of my leg loop strap has threaded through my wire-gate and has locked in like a fish hook. Because of my burning desire to get some gear in I let it go and popped in another piece. I managed to climb through to a stance and looked down for my little yellow buddy and he was nowhere to be seen. Needless to say, I was heartbroken. I had lost my baby. Both pretty pricy and extremely frustrating at the same time.

Watch out for this! I'm thinking of taping down the little kerjigger on the loops, or just buying a harness with fixed or double-back leg loops. Has anyone else experienced anything like this?


The fish hook.
The fish hook.


Uh oh!
Uh oh!


P.S. - If anyone finds my piece take good care of her.

Humorous, inconsequential, and coincedental P.P.S. - Type of harness: Black Diamond Aspect. No, I haven't experienced any other issues with the buckles.
Chase Roskos
From Golden, CO
Joined Mar 3, 2008
115 points
Aug 23, 2011
not sure what speed buckles have to do with that. climbing gear gets hooked on stuff all the time, biners clip belt loops, pockets or other biners. caughtinside
From Oakland CA
Joined Nov 21, 2006
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Aug 23, 2011
Red-tail Hawk, Buttermilks
One could also make the argument that this is why wire-gates stink, but that won't fly. This kind of stuff happens, sorry about your 'baby'. AWinters
From NH
Joined Apr 6, 2007
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Aug 23, 2011
The Raven - Shelf Road
Ah, yes. I've noticed that ends of double-back leg loops don't have the folded part at the end. And yes, there are plenty of other things to get caught on too. Chase Roskos
From Golden, CO
Joined Mar 3, 2008
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Aug 23, 2011
OTL
Duct tape. Slow down those speed buckles. Matt N
From Santa Barbara, CA
Joined Oct 20, 2010
501 points
Aug 23, 2011
Thank you for not posting a picture of what happened while wearing your harness with your shirt off...

I can't unsee that picture :(
wankel7
From Indiana
Joined Oct 4, 2010
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