Is That Your Favorite Locker Or RU Just Happy To See Me?!?

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Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 22, 2010 - 03:19pm PT
A thread for the workhorse biner! No other biner gets ground, gashed and grooved more than old reliable.

My favorite locker is this BD beauty! I just picked up a replacement so I have a mint one for show!





Who and when was the first locking carabiner invented?

Post up your favorites past and present.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Aug 22, 2010 - 03:29pm PT
Phew. I was worried what Locker was up to. Didn't know what sort of photo would show. Greatly relieved. :)
Shack

Big Wall climber
Reno NV
Aug 22, 2010 - 03:41pm PT
My favorite Locker...


Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Aug 22, 2010 - 03:44pm PT
These things weigh over half a pound. Solid chrome vanadium steel, with a breaking strength over 11,000 lbs. The friend who took me on my first climbs gave them to me (probably to get rid of the weight, but what did I know).

Made by Stubai, probably in the late 60s/early 70s
Made by Stubai, probably in the late 60s/early 70s
Credit: Ghost
The flip side. Over 8 oz &#40;250g&#41;
The flip side. Over 8 oz (250g)
Credit: Ghost
TripL7

Trad climber
san diego
Aug 22, 2010 - 04:04pm PT
My favorite biner is a locker!

I actually carried one of those monster Stubaes for rappelling way back when I was first learning to climb. The weight was obnoxious compared to the Chouinard & Eiger biners of the day. But it was a bomb proof anchor and rap biner(with 4 double reverse setup). Funny how we steered clear of rappel devices for so long, and opted for the biner setup.
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Aug 22, 2010 - 04:32pm PT
These are pretty old. They belonged to Raffi Bedayn.
Credit: Chicken Skinner

Ken
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Aug 22, 2010 - 05:40pm PT
Hey Locker, is that a tattoo of a 'biner on your forearm? Cool.
Peace
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Aug 22, 2010 - 05:44pm PT
Ghost, those Stubais make pretty decent brass knuckles.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Aug 22, 2010 - 06:03pm PT
For years I used to have a steel Marwa locking carabiner--- it was kidney shaped too. It was my only safety or as we say now locking, carabiner. An extreme unit, really. I did the Salathe solo with it. Somehow, I guess when climbing stopped being the only thing in my life, I lost it; in fact I see now that I disrespected it even. Great nasty unit from the early sixties. I think originally I found it back around 64.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Aug 22, 2010 - 06:15pm PT
Ghost, those Stubais make pretty decent brass knuckles.

Ah, Ron, you've just moved us into story time...

About four years ago I had to go to Spain for a business event (yeah, I know, it sucked, but someone had to go). So, Seattle - Newark - Madrid. Not bad, but I was a bit tired. So, after clearing security, and with three hours to kill before my flight to Vitoria, I found a padded bench and went to sleep.

Two hours later, with my alarm beeping, I pulled myself together and... Uh oh! Where is my camera? Suitcase and computer bag are still on the floor beside my bench, but my camera is gone. It lives in a case on my hip. Connected to one of the belt loops on my jeans via a carabiner.

F*#k! Some scumbucket has lifted it while I slept! Or maybe not. I had to take it off my hip and put it in the tray to go through the scanner. Had I left it behind when I cleared security?

So I went back to the land side of the security line I'd come through and caught the attention of a guard. Somehow, with my limited Spanish I made him understand that there might be a camera left behind. He disappeared for a minute and came back with my baby. He started to hand it to me then suddenly stopped, took the carabiner off the loop, and then gave me the case.

WTF? The turd thought that just because he had a uniform and a badge he could steal my carabiner?

Our largely pantomime conversation had me pointing at the biner and then at my camera case and then at my belt loop. Followed by him putting the biner on his fist like brass knuckles. Indicating that he couldn't let me have such a deadly weapon.

Yeah, right. If he'd given it to me, what might I have done? Gone down to the car rental kiosks and demanded a Mercedes? Waved it at some poor sod in the food court and demanded a sandwich?

Dickhead.
Fritz

Trad climber
Hagerman, ID
Aug 22, 2010 - 06:27pm PT
My old climbing pal Stein loaned Heidi an aluminum Eiger Locking biner this weekend at City of Rocks, since our "rope rocket" Kim wanted us to have at least two lockers each.

I had to ruin the moment, by explainings that Eigers have a well-deserved reputation as "Death Biners"
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 22, 2010 - 06:52pm PT
Peter- What else did Marwa make besides the ice screws that you ever ran into?
Studly

Trad climber
WA
Aug 22, 2010 - 06:58pm PT
Wow, those Raffi Bedayn biners are a thing of beauty. Fabulous patina from usage and time.
canada7764

Mountain climber
Suburbia Bay Area (originally Alberta)
Aug 22, 2010 - 07:34pm PT
Im gonna go foreign (and new). Has anyone tried these Mammut Mytholito or know of a store that carries them. I picked up 2 when I was abroad because I couldnt believe how good they felt. Anyone...Anyone....
Credit: canada7764
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 22, 2010 - 07:38pm PT
I like how David ( Ghost ) photographed his fabulous biners on his pet sheep.










Hee hee hee.









Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Aug 22, 2010 - 08:04pm PT
Nobody keeps a sheep for just petting.



I'm just saying,...
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 26, 2010 - 05:18pm PT
Over the hump bump!
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Aug 27, 2010 - 12:29am PT
Ghost-

That happened to me in 2002, in paris. Although the gaurd/security was armed with a machine gun.

Same deal. Grabs it like a knuckle set, then pretends to punch me, followed by shaking his head "NO".

So pissed. Fatty omega pacifi HMS, with the offset gate.

The dog was pretty friendly though.

Mucci
duncan

climber
London, UK
Aug 27, 2010 - 07:26am PT
"Im gonna go foreign (and new). Has anyone tried these Mammut Mytholito or know of a store that carries them. I picked up 2 when I was abroad because I couldnt believe how good they felt."

They are made for Mammut by DMM. Any recent design DMM or the new Petzl Attache 3D screwgate (also made in Wales) will be of similar quality if you can't find any more Mytholitos.
Anastasia

climber
hanging from a crimp and crying for my mama.
Aug 27, 2010 - 07:36am PT
Shack, that's my favorite one too. Can't seam to find him anywhere these days.
AFS
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