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worldclimb2119980 wrote an answer about on April 27, 2010

First time I went traveling I had a huge backpack crammed full of everything I thought I'd need. A buddy who had done it years before said I should go with nothing, buying what I needed along the way. At the time I thought he was crazy, after my first trip I think he was right. 2 months into your trip you'll be sending half your stuff back or on to another destination.

Buy things you need in cheap countries. Clothing in Thailand is a buck an item for the same thing that'll cost $20 here. I got a fleece jacket in the chilly Thai mountians for $3. I passed it on to another traveler at the bus stop when I got back to the beach.

After a while I ditched the big backpack altogether. I traveled in India for months with only a day pack (15L North Face bought in Bangkok for a few bucks, and still going strong years later). I had one extra set of lightweight long sleeved clothes for the evening and I hand washed my stuff every day in the shower. I traveled with a bunch of camera gear including a tripod and digital SLR, which made up half my pack.

If you're heading to a more expensive country, look to the second hand/thrift stores as stuff can be bought for a bargain often with tags still on it. Online classifieds sites will provide all you need too! Don't forget too.

Big packs need to go on the roof of buses, into the luggage sections of trains and into the belly of planes. Day packs sit on your lap. You never need to worry you wont have your stuff when you get to your destination.

Travel ultra light, leave gadgets at home, and you'll enjoy the experience a lot more. Have a great time, and don't plan too much ;)




worldclimb2119980 wrote a review of on November 7, 2008

5 5

A few days after buying this (and reviewing it) the guy leading the second pitch stepped off route to easier ground, skipped past 2 bolts slipped and took a huge whipper (resulting in just cuts and bruises thankfully). Slamming me up on the anchor and into the wall. The PAS took a huge load and I felt very happy to have ditched the daisy chain!

Two lessons to take away from this review are don't lead above your ability and multi pitch climbers, get one of these things.






worldclimb2119980 wrote a review of on May 8, 2008

5 5

Another happy customer. I've wanted wires for so long but it's hard to replace gear when the stuff you have isn't worn out. So after my lead rack was stolen replacing with new shiny stuff is just about the only silver lining I can find!

If you don't know why wire gates are superior get your hands on one and a normal gated quickdraw. Hold the nylon part of the quickdraw and bang the back of your gate on your hand. With the non wired gate you can hear a clicking sound, that's the gate opening and snaping shut!! Imagine the draw slapping the rock as you take a whipper, that's not the best time for the gate to pop open. Wired draws have much less inertia in the gate so there's no clicking sound and so, no open gate as you fall.

The added bonus is the gate's wire loop presents a flat surface so your rope is that tiny bit more stable as you clip. Sometimes that tiny bit of stability can feel a whole lot more useful, when things are getting sketchy and you're way up above your last piece.

My lust for shiny things has been fully ignited again :)





worldclimb2119980 wrote a review of on April 21, 2008

4 5

Big wired hexes rock way too much, these hexes on Dyneema stay put and are the only type to buy in the big sizes. Big wires help with deep placements but you can achieve that in other ways.

Lighter than cams and way cheaper learn to use them and you'll learn to love them. Correct placement is critical, just like cams.