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These puppies were a bit overdue for replacement. It wouldn't have been long before they became dangerously sharp. If you enjoy these routes a cool thing to do is swap out the grooved anchor biners with some freshies. If everyone thinks that someone else will maintain them, no one will. Thanks fellow hobos!
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Darren Mabe
Jul 28, 2013
These puppies were a bit overdue for replacement. It wouldn't have been long before they became dangerously sharp. If you enjoy these routes a cool thing to do is swap out the grooved anchor biners with some freshies. If everyone thinks that someone else will maintain them, no one will. Thanks fellow hobos!  
I think I recognize some of those. Oct 23, 2013
1Eric Rhicard
Tucson
1Eric Rhicard   Tucson
Just in case you haven't heard about this test I will fill you in. Geir Hundal took an old SMC oval that was worn half way through and pull tested it to 4000lbs, it elongated but did not fail.

This is not to imply you should push it too long but lets not be pulling them off the route too soon.

Quit top-roping on them people. Oct 23, 2013
Darren Mabe
Flagstaff, AZ
Darren Mabe   Flagstaff, AZ
i have seen tests like those too, Eric. Though comforting, the hazard is not in the biner breaking, but rather the sharp edges that can cut the rope. On two occasions, I have had the sheath of my rope cut and even some of the core from falling on a grooved biner. However, this is more common on fixed draws rather than lower-off biners. Oct 24, 2013

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