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How/where do you store your gear?


Slim Vincent · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2017 · Points: 0

In my climbing pack or a plastic bin in my closet.

Dr Strangelove · · Bend, OR · Joined Oct 2017 · Points: 30

In a backpack in my trunk

Buck Rio · · MN · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 0

As I age I accumulate more and more recreational stuff. The plastic see through bin is the ticket, along with floor to ceiling shelving. My camping cook stuff is in one bin, trad gear in another, webbing and gear I don't often use in another, shoes hang on a clothesline looking thing nailed to the top rack of the shelving.  I have 12 slots that will each fit a clear tote. the top one will fit two stacked, but I have all of my backpacks, sleeping bags and pads stacked up there.

Kyle Elliott · · Everett, WA · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 580

I have a small closet I keep extra gear in, but my typical setup is clear plastic bins. It's a little disorganized atm but this is the back of my rig. 

Old lady H · · Boise, ID · Joined Aug 2015 · Points: 743
Buck Rio wrote: As I age I accumulate more and more recreational stuff. The plastic see through bin is the ticket, along with floor to ceiling shelving. My camping cook stuff is in one bin, trad gear in another, webbing and gear I don't often use in another, shoes hang on a clothesline looking thing nailed to the top rack of the shelving.  I have 12 slots that will each fit a clear tote. the top one will fit two stacked, but I have all of my backpacks, sleeping bags and pads stacked up there.

Bulky stuff that's only needed now and then, like tents, sleeping pads, other camping stuff, in the garage rafters. My ice tools are hanging on the wall out there, because I smile when I see them when I'm hauling the lawn mower out.

Inside, dedicated closet and drawer space for clothes (ice climbing, again, sheesh). Two packs that climbing stuff is loaded in. Harness, shoes, a few other items go back and forth depending on if it's the gym pack or crag. Another bag has my fledgling "rack". Yet another, all the odds and ends of stuff, like leftover cordage. All this, and the two ropes I own, fit in the end of a closet.

Stick clip (on a painters pole) lives in the vehicle. Bouldering highball pad has a space at my son's house, in a locked cupboard in an open carport, with his smaller pad. We both have keys, so we can "borrow" both pads without the other being around.

My son is a SAR tech rescue guy, doing training and leading missions, so he has huge amounts of personal gear. All of it has dedicated bags and packs, carefully organized and packed. High quality, carefully shopped for.He has to be prepared for days in the field, all weather, any season. And, ready to go instantly. Organization is life and death, in that case.

Me? Still working out that rack thing...

Best, OLH
Slim Vincent · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2017 · Points: 0

Back of my Sprinter van.

Paul Morrison · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2006 · Points: 0

Don't omit to assess your neighborhood and the risks of making access to your gear too easy for others as well as yourself. Mine is in a walk-in closet. With two double-cylinder deadbolts. Strike plates screwed deep into the studs. The locks installed through metal door-edge protector plate, too.

Caleb Schwarz · · Colorado Springs, Colorado · Joined Mar 2016 · Points: 115

Smaller bins with gear slings eliminate crazy cluster bomb of gear, while being able to grab and go. One box for the rack, one box for draws/slings, one box for belay devices/ascenders/assorted. This isn't all of my gear, but you get the idea.

Edit: they also all stack in top of each other, so you can put the stack in the corner and it doesn't take up much space. I used to clip every cam and draw to my clothes rack, but that made last minute after work climbing trips far less efficient.
Ted Pinson · · Chicago, IL · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 195

Cool.  I’m definitely seeing the value of clear totes.  Right now, I have a stuff sack/bottomless pit of dispair for my camping supplies.  Overnight trips I usually bring a giant duffle bag, which I shove all of my camping gear into...makes it much easier to keep all of my stuff together when traveling with multiple people. Nice thing about it is I just need to shove it in the car and I have everything, but finding something individually?  Forget about it.  I also have all of my trad gear on one massive multi-loop sling, which again is good for grab and go but not for keeping track of everything.  It’s sort of a cluster...

Nut Tool · · Portland, OR · Joined Aug 2017 · Points: 0

I expected more gear porn in this thread. I can't help tho, my gear is spread amongst my house or the trunk of the climber who drove last... I'm a bad person to ask about organization... It mostly lies in a pile until the next excursion. That said I vote for thrift store duffle bags and storage shelves.

Tyler Newcomb · · Burlington · Joined Dec 2012 · Points: 86
Nut Tool wrote: I expected more gear porn in this thread. I can't help tho, my gear is spread amongst my house or the trunk of the climber who drove last... I'm a bad person to ask about organization... It mostly lies in a pile until the next excursion. That said I vote for thrift store duffle bags and storage shelves.

I'm unpacking tomorrow (just moved in) so I'll send photos of either my bin or my organization. I have little trad gear though :(

Mobes Mobesely · · Granite island · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 865

I think over on reddit they have a special sub-category just for people that like to sit around, discuss and organize their gear. 

Ted Pinson · · Chicago, IL · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 195

Ha, that seems a bit excessive, but I might check it out just to see some ideas.  This has been great so far!  Though, I agree with Nut...more gear porn needed!  Let’s see some pics!

Buck Rio · · MN · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 0

Yeah, the clear bins were great for me. I had opaque ones for a while, but I grabbed a wrong bin once and went car camping without my kitchen, which was a bummer.

I am fortunate enough to have an entire unfinished basement to put my gear, for all of my pursuits, but the bin paradigm works well in apartments too. Just get a couple of different sizes, some big for high volume stuff like ropes, tarps, tents etc. And then get some smaller shoe box sized clear bins for ice screws, carabiners, runners and webbing.  

My entire kitchen bin is a medium sized affair with a jetboil, pots, pans,  flatware, soap, extra fuel bottles...you get the picture. I usually also carry some extra trash bags and wet wipes in there as well.  My camp chair is bungeed on top of the kitchen bin, so I don't forget it.

Since shoes need air(at least mine do), I don't like to store them in bins, and just hang them.

Dylan B. · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 521
Buck Rio wrote:
Since shoes need air(at least mine do), I don't like to store them in bins, and just hang them.

All my slings reek of shoe funkness.

Briggs Lazalde · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2017 · Points: 0

I have 14 long nylon BD daisy chains strung up on my walls. Each one holds a category of gear but all my gear is accessible so I can grab and go. I've mentioned it in another post but I'm going for that climb retail shop vibe

Dylan Pike · · Sandy, UT · Joined Sep 2013 · Points: 35

I keep my rack and a rope in my climbing pack, so when I have a random after work climbing session, all I have to do is throw some food, water and layers in on top. Everything else goes in labelled rubbermaid bins. Hardware in one, ropes in one, ice gear in one, aid/bolting hardware in another. Bins are stored in a closet and a few in the basement. Cooking/camping gear goes on shelves. I cringe every time I see a pegboard with cams and quickdraws hung up nicely for all to see...

Buck Rio · · MN · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 0
Dylan Pike wrote: . I cringe every time I see a pegboard with cams and quickdraws hung up nicely for all to see...

Save the pegboard for your AR-15 and pistol collection....

Dylan Pike · · Sandy, UT · Joined Sep 2013 · Points: 35
Buck Rio wrote:

Save the pegboard for your AR-15 and pistol collection....

Even those go in a safe...proper storage for all tools!

djh860 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 110
Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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