Sharing cams and climbing equipment


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outthereinit · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2016 · Points: 0

How do you guys normally find people to share cams or other gear with? Is it difficult to share with other climbers? What's the best way to find someone, for example, that has 2 #6s or 5 #1s? Do you share ropes as well?

Bill Kirby · · Baltimore Maryland · Joined Jul 2012 · Points: 40

I find climbers share well at gunpoint.

My regular partners are more than willing to share their gear. Usually one brings the rack and one brings the rope.

gavinsmith · · Toronto, Ontario · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 23

I'll let people I trust borrow most things, less so the ropes, as long as I won't be needing them at the same time. These are people I would trust to tell me if something happened to a piece of gear and replace anything that goes missing, unprompted.

Ryan Hamilton · · Orem · Joined Aug 2011 · Points: 0
gavinsmith wrote:I'll let people I trust borrow most things, less so the ropes, as long as I won't be needing them at the same time. These are people I would trust to tell me if something happened to a piece of gear and replace anything that goes missing, unprompted.
Yep^^
Brian L. · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2016 · Points: 0

Find climbing partner's that also have gear. Climb with those people. Eventually if the trust develops they may let you borrow some to climb with others.

Jake Jones · · Richmond, VA · Joined Jul 2011 · Points: 748

For the longest time I had the most gear of any of my friends. Ropes, cams, draws, stoppers- you name it. I had absolutely no problem sharing and was stoked to have psyched, knowledgeable people to climb with, and so people using my gear was encouraged. Doing this allowed a few of them to find out what they like, and what they don't and ultimately they started accruing racks of their own. When I had to sell my rack, naturally they offered to let me use theirs. As a matter of fact, people that I don't know very well offered to let me borrow racks if I needed them until I could slowly build mine back up.

There should be some things agreed upon though before you lend or borrow gear (most climbers assume this, but it might be a good idea to establish it verbally so there's no question).

Damaged gear gets paid for- either for repair or replacement.
Stuck gear gets replaced.
Lost gear gets replaced.

I've let people use my gear while I'm present or on the trip with them, and I've let people borrow my gear, and I've never been disappointed. Maybe I'm just lucky.

Matt Himmelstein · · Orange, California · Joined Jun 2014 · Points: 95

My partner and I will take one of our racks and then augment i with gear from the other, depending on what we think we need and what we want to carry. When climbing on another rack, I will always grab some of my hexes and small cams if my partner does not normally rack them.

If a friend is headed out and I am not, I can loan some gear, but it does not happen that often, and other than a specialty piece or two, I would not borrow any one elses gear.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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