/ taping gear
taping gear as in for recognition/identification as your gear?
You can get proper tags with your name/email/phone on.... I just use electrical tape!
If you want to be posh
What about using metal spray paint for marking? Not slings or nylon stuff, just the metal gear..
spray paint - to much work not getting it everywhere
tape takes too long to put on and comes off too easy and leaves a sticky residue.
If you choose electricians' tape you will eventually come across someone who uses the same colour, I use blue my partners use grey, red and earth, but I have climbed with UKCers and they always seem to use blue.
Some people use combinations, but that is getting a bit OCD IMO
Yellow electrical tape for me, until I started climbing with someone who also uses yellow. Now mine gets an 'A' on the tape in permanent marker too, just to be sure.
Blue with a thin white in the middle so looks blue, white, blue.... so mildly OCD, but never found anyone with the same
dammit I use blue as well!
A level chemistry wa sa long time ago but if I had to guess I'd say that the acetone evaporates and leaves behind the "paint"
I use red and gold nail polish. It works great on i-beam krabs but rubs off exposed surfaces (especially nuts!)... The best part is the looks you get at Boots when you go to buy it!
I don't bother marking soft stuff because its usually attached to some hardware or to me. Acetone will not damage aluminium but keep it well away from plastic until the paint is dry.
I just haven't marked my gear, on the basis that most of my partners have and that we don't have identical racks and can mostly tell which is which anyway. Only ever had a problem once at the crag when the party next to us dumped a load of identical quickdraws right next to my own while we were mid-route.
If I was going to mark my gear, I'd probably avoid electrical tape and choose something different like hockey stick tape (as I have both in abundance). I seriously doubt that anyone else will ever turn up at the crag with gear marked with stick tape.
I don't use green and yellow tape because I don't want to give lightning any ideas about where to strike.
I use a band of earth tape over a wider band of dark blue with the occasional gear tag. I climb with quite a lot of different people so having something destinctive is handy.
I think if this was a problem there would be lots of women (and some men) with no finger ends. I find keeping all my stuff together and not over-thinking things seems to work.
Humbrol enamel paint. One tin lasts about 27 years at the last count
> Humbrol enamel paint. One tin lasts about 27 years at the last count
Glad to hear you say that! I used some to mark some wires, probably 22 or 23 years ago. Sounds like they'll be good for a while yet.
You can get paint on the wire itself rather than the chock, doesn't wear off then :-)
I used to use that, until I mentioned it on here once offering the same reason as you, and at least three people then piped up claiming to use it too!
> You can get paint on the wire itself rather than the chock, doesn't wear off then :-)
Indeed - a splodge on the wire at the back of the nut lasts indefinitely and is readily visible
. . . oh dear (but that's only your opinion :-)
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