Storing your gear (the gear wall)


Original Post
DGraham · · Dallas · Joined Jul 2013 · Points: 811

I keep seeing pictures of walls where people hang up ALL their gear. Usually see it in threads where people are showing off their gear closet/rack like this...

https://www.instagram.com/p/BH2h-jAjPTe/

My question is don't y'all get tired of packing and repacking your gear every weekend? (or however often you get out)

crackatoa Spiesbach · · Boulder,Co · Joined May 2014 · Points: 65

I like having my gear all layed out because I don't take the same rack or gear on every trip.. Yes it's a pain to re pack it Sunday night.. but I have free time Sunday and Monday.. On Friday after when I'm packing up in a rush like a madman because I don't know how to plan in advance :/ I can easily see everything I want in front of me and be packed in minutes without having to ask if what I have packed from last weekend is what I want for this weekend... No need for the 2 #6's when I'm going to climb some finger crack in boulder canyon.

Plus that's thousands of dollars in gear.. might as well be able to look and appreciate it how pretty it is.. I view it as modern art in my guest room

Dylan B · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 30

I've got everything in a bin, but I do sort it at the end of a trip before tossing it in. One rack on a sling, another rack on another sling, alpine draws on one sling and sport draws on another. A couple of those mesh bags that come with harnesses used to sort miscellany. Then when I'm packing for the next trip, things are easier to grab and go.

Seth Jones · · New Lenox, IL · Joined Feb 2015 · Points: 5

I like hanging my gear because I tend to go through and take inventory when I get home anyway. Only takes another couple minutes to put it up on the wall so I can open the gear closet and gaze at my rack whenever I please. That being said, I don't get out very often.

Dylan B · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 30
Seth Jones wrote:I like hanging my gear because I tend to go through and take inventory when I get home anyway. Only takes another couple minutes to put it up on the wall so I can open the gear closet and gaze at my rack whenever I please. That being said, I don't get out very often.
Right. To the OP, if you're not packing and unpacking your gear after every trip, how are you taking inventory?
Lou Hibbard · · Eagan, MN · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 225

I know light and heat is not good for ropes/slings (anything plastic)so I store my gear in a big enclosed storage cabinet in the dark in an area of the house that is temperature controlled.

Those who hang gear in an open garage are not putting a lot of thought into it.

Alexander Stathis · · Athens, GA · Joined Jan 2016 · Points: 0

I have a closet with those paste on 3M hooks. I sling my cams together, my draws together, and then hang those slings off the hooks as well as any other odds n' ends I might have. Doesn't take much time and makes it easy to select gear for whatever trip I'm leaving for. Plus I get to look at it.

Billcoe · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 630

I have a gearstash that's full. What I do is just hang the full rack up after an outing. Next trip out, maybe a couple of this or that goes on and a couple of that or this get pulled off and out the door I go. I just leave the toprope stuff in it's own backpack (equipment which is retired lead gear) tossed into the same spot in my basement.

http://gearstoragesystems.com/

Like this, only @ 300 lbs more crap on it.

steverett · · San Diego, CA · Joined Feb 2012 · Points: 40

I have 2 bins; Bin A with my standard rack, harness, rope, helmet, and another with stuff I use rarely (sport draws, static rope, hexes, etc.). 90% of the time I just grab Bin A and throw it in my car. Anything I don't need that day just stays in the car.

steverett · · San Diego, CA · Joined Feb 2012 · Points: 40
Dylan B wrote: Right. To the OP, if you're not packing and unpacking your gear after every trip, how are you taking inventory?
I rerack my gear onto a sling at the end of the day, before it goes back in the bin. I know my stuff well enough that I can tell if I'm missing something.
drewdogg2112 · · halifax, MA · Joined Aug 2015 · Points: 0

I wish that I had an awesome gear wall but the only room I have in my house for it would be in the basement and I am too worried about mold/ mildew growing on my soft goods like ropes and slings.

I rack everything at the end of the day and count it all out and then I have a few old slings that I organize my gear onto for easy finding. Then it all goes into a huge tote bin in my extra bedroom and my rope bags get stacked on top of it

but I long for the day that I can have a room totally covered in gear cuz it looks bad ass. As it stands that's pretty much what our breezeway but again I wouldn't want to store my soft goods in there because of UV and heat. We have ice axes, snowboards, snowshoes, crampons and other various foot traction items, and an extensive selection of camping gear.

We basically have a small house and a large gear shed.

eli poss · · Durango, Co · Joined May 2014 · Points: 136

I like to organize my gear as a nightly ritual. I have a closet with a bar for hanging clothes and I just hang stuff there. Draws go on one sling, main set of cams go on another sling, doubles go on a sling. Aid gear gets clipped to the sling of my fifi and lengths of webbing and cord for TRing get clustered on a bunch of lockers.

DEF · · Boston, MA · Joined Aug 2009 · Points: 5

I'm one of those gear wall guys. Serves a couple purposes...

I live in an apartment and this allows me to keep all my stuff in minimal square footage on the wall in a back hallway/closet.

When I get home and put my stuff away I know instantly if anything is missing

Same goes for packing, I just stand in front of the pegboard and one by one everything I need goes in the bag

Eplumer400 · · Cleveland, OH · Joined May 2016 · Points: 80

I have everything except my ropes inside a small three drawer dresser inside my closet that holds everything pretty well. However it does get confusing and it's hard to keep inventory of everything I have. Ropes get hung up on the back wall of the closet.

I long for the day that I have the money to afford a second bedroom so I can hang a pegboard up to stash all the gear that way.

Dylan B · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 30
steverett wrote: I rerack my gear onto a sling at the end of the day, before it goes back in the bin. I know my stuff well enough that I can tell if I'm missing something.
That's what I do too. Doesn't seem all that different from putting it up on a wall.
James T · · Livermore · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 20
steverett · · San Diego, CA · Joined Feb 2012 · Points: 40
Dylan B wrote: That's what I do too. Doesn't seem all that different from putting it up on a wall.
The difference is that there's no packing stuff up when I go back out. It's all ready to go already.
Phil Sakievich · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2014 · Points: 30

A lot of these pictures are curated specifically for instagram shots. People are proud of their gear. I have a small peg board I made from screws and a scrap plank of 1/2" plywood. I hang my pro on it, and pull off a small selection of what I need for each trip. I bin my ropes, harnesses, and other soft goods, and I have a pile of carabiners and miscellaneous hard goods. When I get out I may or may not drive, space is often tight, and I often only carry a portion of the rack bc I'm usually bringing the rope too. So hauling a bin, and/or sorting through one every trip is not ideal. This is working for me, but if I could climb more I might move to a more permanent go-bag situation. Plus, OCD satisfaction is real.

That being said, I'm pretty sure my buddy who usually brings most of the pro just leaves everything in a backpack.

John Wilder · · Las Vegas, NV · Joined Feb 2004 · Points: 1,500
DGraham wrote:I keep seeing pictures of walls where people hang up ALL their gear. Usually see it in threads where people are showing off their gear closet/rack like this... instagram.com/p/BH2h-jAjPTe/ My question is don't y'all get tired of packing and repacking your gear every weekend? (or however often you get out)
If i'm in a mode where i'm climbing similar stuff every weekend, my pack stays packed, but I have a shit ton of gear and so does my wife- so we have a room with a pegboard and shelves to keep everything organized for when we're not using it. It's also helpful when we're doing inventory and such for insurance purposes.
Cameron Saul · · San Francisco · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 0

Yeah, I don't really see the point. I keep all the trad pro in a small haul bag, aid gear in a big haul bag, ropes in a big waterproof north face duffel. I usually do an inventory every time I put gear back in the pig. When I go on a trip, i take the pig associated with that type of climbing, and rack up for each climb out of the pig.

Maybe if I had more space at home....

mpech · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2013 · Points: 6
steverett wrote:I have 2 bins; Bin A with my standard rack, harness, rope, helmet, and another with stuff I use rarely (sport draws, static rope, hexes, etc.). 90% of the time I just grab Bin A and throw it in my car. Anything I don't need that day just stays in the car.
+1 .

The peg board systems are ridiculous, and are a guaranteed way to show up at the crag missing a critical item.
Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

Post a Reply

Log In to Reply