Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 22, 2013 - 01:19am PT
I ran into an old climber friend in Arcata when I was visiting my son. He was unloading a bunch of his gear he had stashed away. They included an A5 3 person cliff cabana complete with diamond fly and hammoc, and an A5 single with fly, both barely used. I still have my double A5 I got years ago and never used. I am not sure I'll ever use any of them despite Mo's persistance. Which is the best ledge if any should I keep?
While digging around I realized I have WAY too much gear. What am I going to do with 5 #5 Camalots and a bunch of Big Bros? I'll be posting up pictures of some gear for sale soon. I still have to go through my aid collection to figure out what to keep and will be adding that to the list too. I still have fantasies of beating myself up something one of these day, so I'll hang onto some aid stuff. So, whats a good minimum amount of aid to hang onto?
Maybe you could spare me one of those #5 Camalots since I have no cams of any size, and one would help me with my tours to demonstrate the advances in climbing technology over the decades. Maybe some trades? See you at Oakdale! With Love, BooDawg
The Single might be useful if you're tall and you want comfort on El Cap routes, then again, the Double only weighs a bit more, and is pretty room when used as a Single.
The Cabana and Diamond fly and hammock system is a good tool if you're thinking of climbing something like the Polar Sun Spire or the East Face of Escudo with three people. Otherwise, it's a bit of a beast for any lesser wall.
The Double is really the best all around ledge. Do you have the single-seam fly for it, or is it an older one with six panels?
What am I going to do with 5 #5 Camalots and a bunch of Big Bros?
You are going to climb Excalibur of course, the logical choice!
I say sell the ledges if you don't foresee hopping on a wall soon. The reason being is that gear evolves and gets lighter and better. No point in holding onto obsolete gear that you could sell now, but might only be able to give away later.
When the time comes for a wall, you can always purchase newer gear. The cams will last, just pair down to what your immediate needs are. You can always expand your quiver based on the new objective.
noplantsben, I did not see an email from you. Even checked spam.
John Mac, thats what I am thinking too.
Jaybro, totally thought of you (being a wide guy and all) when I was unearthing all this stuff. One of the 5's is going to Boodwag. I'll get you a list of what I have. Just let me know whats fair.
Bargainhunter, thanks for the thoughts. Its taken a while to collect all this stuff and I don't have a bunch of money to throw at this stuff. But what you say makes sense. Especially if I am just going to stick with free climbing.
Deuce4, That's what I am thinking. The Diamond is huge and I don't plan on any new routes in Baffin so its definitely going. Singles cool, but I'd want room for Mo. So if I keep anything its going to have to be the double.
Fish Finder, thanks for the offer. I could use an idea of how much I should sell stuff for. Any ideas?
rSin, good question. Probably an El Cap route. I can probably Google the size rack I would need for most beginner/intermediate routes and hang onto that. Probably not looking to do anything over A2 or A3.
Thanks everyone for your thoughts. I'll be posting pictures of some of the gear latter tonight.