/ ARTICLE: 10 Ways to Creatively Repurpose Old Climbing Gear

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UKC Articles - on 15 Sep 2016
A pile of old gear...and Max, 5 kbWhat do you do once your climbing gear is past its best? The best option for getting rid of old gear would be to donate it to a charity or organisation that could still make good use of it. Old shoes can be resoled or given to climbing walls or clubs for use as hire shoes, and old ropes can be donated to dog shelters, zoos, shipyards and even art students in need.

If you've got some time on your hands and a growing hoard of old gear gathering dust, why not see what you can come up with? This article describes some creative ideas to reuse your climbing equipment in a fun and quirky way. A couple of these ideas verge on the ridiculous, but you can't say I didn't try...



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littlejon86 - on 15 Sep 2016
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Scavenger do a range of gear made from recycled things, pretty awesome
Rick Graham on 15 Sep 2016
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All very pretty

Now the skinflint bodger in me realises that so many things can be fixed for free with old climbing gear and stuff out of building site skips.
Tommyads on 15 Sep 2016
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Didn't read the article just wanted a closer look at your dog.
GrahamD - on 15 Sep 2016
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Most of that retired gear looks much newer than my best kit.
ianstevens - on 15 Sep 2016
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Protip: Chalkbags can also carry beers before retirement, for a belay beverage. A beerlay, if you will.
snoop6060 - on 15 Sep 2016
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A pile of old gear???

Those ropes in the first pic look brand new, they've not even been cut.
ActionSte on 15 Sep 2016
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More dogs on UKC please
bede.west - on 15 Sep 2016
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Yeah how did you make a dogged gear into a dog?
zimpara - on 15 Sep 2016
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We just borrow him so he's not mine but he is lovely. Attempts at getting him to sit on the chair failed, even with chicken!
Toccata on 16 Sep 2016
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I have seen happier dogs...
Xharlie on 16 Sep 2016
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The dog lead idea is a grand one, although I'd make it at least ten times longer and carry the coils. At least brightly coloured climbing rope is visible, unlike those extendable wire abominations that seem to exist for the purpose of garotting cyclists.

EDIT: I also like the pot stands. I have a proper stack of IKEA ones that mostly get deployed when serving roasts or curries to guests but they have no character at all.
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Bogwalloper - on 16 Sep 2016
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I like the Edelrid video but how can I print the template off?

Cheers,

Wally
Climbing Pieman on 16 Sep 2016
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Another use for waist belt, if you have a dog, is you can wear that with or with out gear loops and use the tie in loop to attach your dog lead to, particularly useful for runners who often buy waist belts for taking their dogs out so freeing up the hand/arms.
LeeWood - on 16 Sep 2016
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A good article and something which should be of concern to us all - including the gear mfr supply chain. I feel a definite pressure not to turnover old goods too quickly - and never because 'just there's something new' - knowing that this increases my planetary footprint - so having valid uses for retured items is v improtant.

At present however a fair number of ropes have been retired. Old harnesses are kept for learners on the slack end, as are helmets and chalkbags. Older heavier krabs are used for tree-surgery as are slings. And I'm still using Superatz & Canyon rockboots - resoled many times.
ctodd - on 16 Sep 2016
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clearly this is an important issue.

it would be likely more useful if UKC actually formed some networks to re-use old kit productively.

could this happen?
David Sz on 21 Sep 2016
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More rope mat instructions and a pattern of the pdf here http://www.edelrid.de/en/rope-mat/

Looks fun
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galpinos on 21 Sep 2016
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I like the rope mat and mug/pot coasters but the rest are a bit ridiculous.

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galpinos on 22 Sep 2016
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What size is the template to be printed at though? Looks like it's have to be A2 minimum, probably A1?

(Edited as I'd put A3 but just checked the dimensions of the board required......)
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