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eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Mar 19, 2013 - 01:44pm PT
DAN. . . damn. . . you need to drag that puppy down a dirt road behind your car, or something!

:-)

LOVE the banana!

CRACK ME UP!
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Mar 19, 2013 - 01:48pm PT
I've been using mine this year!!
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Mar 19, 2013 - 01:50pm PT

Great photo, Kath... love the look in his eyes.

Yeah, Leggies. . . he's trippin' right then. . . day 5 (after 2 days fixing). . . he gets pretty wildeyed, that's for sure.

On his speed solos I pretty much had to teach him how to walk again to get off the summit. . . he'd be really SUTPID. . . there I am, humpin' the serious loads gently saying "Blanchard. . . left foot, right food, left foot, right foot. . ."

:-)
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Mar 19, 2013 - 01:52pm PT
Who got the idea of the name Silent Partner? The name is a work of genius.

Edit: I'm glad you won eKat - the name is a gift to climbing language.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Mar 19, 2013 - 01:53pm PT
I will take ALL THE CREDIT for that name!

Blanchard wanted to call it Belay-o-matic!

GOOD GRIEF!

:-)

EDIT. . . thanks Marlow!
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Mar 19, 2013 - 01:58pm PT
Had mine a while. Just took this pic.

eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Mar 19, 2013 - 01:58pm PT
YAY, JayBro!
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Mar 19, 2013 - 02:00pm PT
That's more like it. . . plus I REALLY liked it when they were PURPLE!

:-)

The prototypes look way better, though. . . they aren't anodized. . . so they don't look so beat. . . but. . . they're beat, let me assure you!

donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Mar 19, 2013 - 02:00pm PT
I love unroped soloing on moderate terrain in the mountains. On hard climbing, i like a partner to share the adventure AND the work. Not necessarily silent ones but not loud ones either.
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Mar 19, 2013 - 02:19pm PT
Question Ekat were you guys ever able to break the locking mechanism in such a way that the drum freely rotated? (not freeze it). If so what did it require? Fully understand if stupid liability or contract law does not allow an answer.
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Mar 19, 2013 - 02:21pm PT
soloing a wall involves a lot of bullshit tricks. It is annoying to learn about how to haul from bellow if your bag got stuck under a roof etc. Wish I could hijack someone's brain and KNOW it all. Or at least know where to read about it...
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 19, 2013 - 02:30pm PT
soloing a wall involves a lot of bullshit tricks. It is annoying to learn about how to haul from bellow if your bag got stuck under a roof etc. Wish I could hijack someone's brain and KNOW it all. Or at least know where to read about it...

not to thread drift to much, but here's some good info:
http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1262910/Far-end-hauling
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Mar 19, 2013 - 02:37pm PT
eKat.... hi.

How many of those suckers did you sell???

I understand if you don't count all the ones sold for cash....

The IRS and all that.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Mar 19, 2013 - 02:43pm PT
Hi, KeeZee!

I'm not sure how many sold before the patent ran out. It used to be that you could tell how many sold by the serial number but I think Rock Thompson isn't numbering them the same way Wren did. . .?

ox

Brockman
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 19, 2013 - 03:08pm PT
Damn! Where is weege on this thread!! His sp is scratched to sh!t!!

I've always had loud partners myself!! Best solo free climbing self belay on the market from what I hear! I take it you guys sold the patent Ekat?
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Mar 19, 2013 - 03:22pm PT
Licensed it.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Mar 19, 2013 - 03:33pm PT
Question Ekat were you guys ever able to break the locking mechanism in such a way that the drum freely rotated? (not freeze it). If so what did it require? Fully understand if stupid liability or contract law does not allow an answer.

No. . . never broke it to the point of freewheeling.

briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 19, 2013 - 03:55pm PT
No. . . never broke it to the point of freewheeling.

That's good :)
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Mar 19, 2013 - 04:06pm PT
I was waiting for Locker to respond, but he is out climbing. So, there it is!

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And this one. CLASSY!

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Zamfir

Trad climber
Danbury, CT
Mar 19, 2013 - 04:20pm PT
Guess this is the right thread to bring up the following --

I purchased one of the first public batch of 50 that was made / offered for sale. At least that's what I recall -- it's obviously been awhile.

After a couple of years of use, not heavily since I had regular partners and I kind of liked the modified gri-gri (limitations and all), I did have it fail to lock up. Fortunately this occurred when I was testing the device at the beginning of the day/climb.

Sent it back to them (hmm... Wren/RE?... memory is fading) and it was taken apart and the cause was found to be the anodization on the *inside* had flaked off and was jamming the mechanism. The device was 'fixed', sealed, and returned to me. Seemed to work fine, but never felt really happy about it afterward. They stated that later batches (not sure if the discussion was more detailed than that) did not have anodization on the inside.

I believe the fix was to remove the interior anodization from mine.

OK..long winded, but I've always been bothered by the following thoughts --

-- Was I the only one that reported this? And in any case, was there ever an announcement made to warn other early adopters? I'm not blameless here, because I only mentioned this to others I know who had an early device (i.e, not many).

-- Were there other issues w/ the early devices that were not reported? I don't recall hearing any issues at all, but I don't actively seek them out either. Obviously dovetails with my concerns above (lack of announcements AFAIK).

Thinking about dusting it off again... and would like some reassurance -- if such is possible. Buying another is an option I guess.

Todd Mummert


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