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What was the most regrettable climbing related impulse thing you have purchased?

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Ice4life · · US · Joined Nov 2010 · Points: 330

Like the title says?

What was the most regrettable climbing related impulse thing you have purchased? (to be fair, it may be 1 purchase, or several over years)

We have all made some pretty dumb purchases, made em on our uncontrollable impulse to buy shiny new things.


I can't believe I kept buying draws, here and there, maybe 1 when im done for the day and my friends are looking to shop, I go over and say yeah i guess ill take that... OR if there is a huge sale going on FML...

I counted my draws, I have a total of 48 dogbones with either BD Ounce or Neuts, hotwires, and some petzl express with spirits. I also have 15 alpine runners, all on ounces tripled up 60cm mammut contact slings.

Soooo you can see how my little impulsiveness treats me... How does yours treat you?

P.S. They all have their own names and personalities, and wouldn't sell them for the world. I would however trade some out if anyone needed and had stuff for trade...

Hank Caylor · · Glenwood Springs, CO · Joined Dec 2003 · Points: 615

Ice gear, Quarks and all that crap. Hated it.

Crag Dweller · · New York, NY · Joined Jul 2006 · Points: 125

i share your quickdraw addiction, ice.

at first, i told myself i was just going to convert some of my quickdraws to alpine draws since i was starting to get into trad. but, then i realized i didn't want to use quickdraws at all for trad climbing so i bought several more 'biners and slings.

and then, i went out for a sport climbing weekend and realized i really prefer the simplicity of quickdraws for sport climbing. so, with half of my quickdraws converted, i had to get more.

it's sad really. i probably have enough 'biners, slings, and dogbones to protect an entire 10 pitch climb. well, ok, maybe just a 5 pitch climb.

Peter Pitocchi · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2009 · Points: 70

Hexes, Metolius "Safety Harness," GriGri, jury is out on tricams, wide nylon slings, gear slings, multiple pairs of uncomfortable (too tight) shoes. Too lazy to ebay anyone know where to donate to good cause?

Phil Lauffen · · The Bubble · Joined Jun 2008 · Points: 2,370

shoes. I've got a pair for indoor, outdoor sport, outdoor easy, outdoor trad, outdoor crack.

Nathan Stokes · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2008 · Points: 440

A mountaineering axe for east cost winter peak bagging. I even carried it a good dozen times before coming to the conclusion that it was only good for knocking snow off the trees (sucks being the lead / taller guy in the party). That and I haven't done anything yet that poles and MSR snowshoes won't tackle. Now I just carry a technical axe which packs better and is arguable more useful should I ever need it on something wicked steep.

Jeremy Kasmann · · Denver, CO · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 0
Phil Lauffen wrote:shoes. I've got a pair for indoor, outdoor sport, outdoor easy, outdoor trad, outdoor crack.
And you regret it??
Couloirman Schmiddy · · Providence, RI · Joined Jan 2009 · Points: 20

tri cams

Bob Robinson · · Lone Tree, Colorado · Joined Aug 2009 · Points: 245

I bought a pair of 5.10 Gambits on Steep and Cheap for like $30, figuring if I didn't like them they would make decent gym shoes or something.

Man, I hated those shoes. They don't do anything well: smear, edge, heel... nada. Plus, they have to be the sweatiest shoes I've ever climbed in.

I just gave them away to a friend who just started climbing.

JitsClimber · · Broomfield,Co · Joined Mar 2011 · Points: 15

BINERS! I just keep amassing (sp? I went to public school so I'm not sure it that's right) these things telling myself I'll find a use for them.

mattm · · TX · Joined Jun 2006 · Points: 1,395

Link Cams

Winter Alpine Gear


Ray Pinpillage · · West Egg · Joined Jul 2010 · Points: 180

Feature laden Hard Shells.

Cor · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 1,460

Small sized chalk bag!

I admit it, I'm an East Coast Chalker!

Phill T · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2008 · Points: 80

mountaineering axe on SAC. Never used, sits by my bed in case of zombies.
Looped gear sling, all it does is hang in my closet and helps organize gear, but I realized I hated climbing with it after a few outings.
I also just got one of those bicycle jerseys with the built in camelbak thinking it would be a good way to carry water on multipitch days rather than a nalgene hanging off the harness. The only problem is hiking wearing it full with the backpack on!

right handed ascender. cinch/grigri+left handed is all you need!

Dan R · · Colorado Springs, CO · Joined Mar 2008 · Points: 0

First generation Trango Cinch. Never got the hang of using it.

Phil Lauffen · · The Bubble · Joined Jun 2008 · Points: 2,370
Jeremy Kasmann wrote: And you regret it??
Every week or so I think about buying more from dirtbag deals. Its an addiction. I get made fun of. I guess I don't regret it tho....
DaveB · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2007 · Points: 1,060

Ice gear in general (loved it, just too far away to be practical), Yates Screamer, Koflach Arctis Expe, BD Micros-Swedges, Rope "Washer" (PVC tube w/interior brush), BIG BROS!!.....

My "get real" policy - If it isn't used within a year, it gets sold.

J. Fox · · Black Hawk, CO · Joined Mar 2007 · Points: 1,420
Tony B · · Around Boulder, CO · Joined Jan 2001 · Points: 23,195

At some point someone is going to get around to mentioning an engagement ring...

Marc H · · Longmont, CO · Joined May 2007 · Points: 250

Link cams.

JitsClimber · · Broomfield,Co · Joined Mar 2011 · Points: 15
Tony B wrote:At some point someone is going to get around to mentioning an engagement ring...
Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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