Climbing equipment maintenance

Just because you may have not used it for some time, do not assume that your climbing equipment is in good shape. Remember that all equipment undergoes a certain amount of wear and tear and therefore you need to check these thoroughly before you start in a new trek. The falls that you may have had and the large amount of scraping and rubbing that the ropes may have been exposed to will damage them in different ways.

The equipment needs to get a good visual check first. Old carbingers need to be retired and ratty quickdraw slings need to be thrown away. The gates of the carbingers can sometimes get stuck or become too loose. You need to be able to tell whether the carbingers and quickdraws can be cleaned and made fine or not.

Many people feel that storing the climbing equipment in the RV is the best option. This is because you are likely to reach base camp locations in a recreational vehicle too. However, storing the climbing equipment in the car is not a good idea since excessive heat accumulation can damage the tools. Keeping it in a place that also has household chemicals, motor oil and cleaners may not be right too. If you live near the sea you will need to watch out for the corrosion that can be caused due to salt water.

The ropes that you take along are likely to bear all the brunt of your weight in the times of greatest need. While checking ropes you need to look at frayed parts and thickening beneath the sheath.



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