Why Gear Storage Is Important
Protection from damage is crucial to keeping your gear safe and in good working order. Let’s take ropes, for instance. Ropes function differently when exposed to chemicals like gasoline or bar oil; they can get nicked if sharp cutting tools are nearby; and they often get gummed up at the bottom of a car trunk or truck beds. They also get wet if they’re not stored properly. Have you ever climb with a wet rope?
Keeping all your gear is in one place prevents time wasted and compromise. It’s frustrating when you realize you left an important piece of gear at home or in the shop. Now you are forced to use a different piece of gear, which may not be as safe or effective as the one you left behind.
Lots of Ways to Store Gear
There are all kinds of ways to store gear. Here’s a list of the options available to you.
Rope tarps roll up to protect your rope and roll out for tangle free rope deployment. Some have a shoulder strap.
Rope bags hold your rope in a neat pile and protect it from dirt particles, moisture, and chemicals.
Rope bags with loops in pockets make it possible to carry and organize the small parts of your climbing system in one place near your rope.
Rope bags with shoulder straps allow you to easily hike short or long distances to a tree with your gear. The larger backpack bags hold all of your gear in an organized way.
Standard hikers’ backpacks are appropriate too. After all, these are designed to carry heavy loads comfortably. But backpacks designed for tree gear use stronger fabrics that are more puncture resistant. Use a sewn daisy chain to keep your small parts, such as carabineers, strung together.
Haul bags are backpacks that are commonly used by rock climbers and mountaineers. They have a thick outer shell that can take enormous amounts of abuse. They are basic in design, meaning there are no pockets or gear organizers.
Rope buckets have a stiff outer shell with a number of holes for stringing small cordage for organizing small pieces of gear on the outside.
Rigging packs are backpacks with a lot of pockets with gear loops sewn inside. The largest (center) portion is for the rope and helmet. The side pockets allow you to organize gear pieces individually hung on small loops -- perfect for carabiners and other gear for rigging.
Flight bags are specifically designed for the traveling climber who wants a carry-on piece of luggage that will store overhead. The center part of the bag will take a 200-foot rope and the side bags have loops sewn inside pockets for the smaller pieces.
All of the above storage bags allow you to deploy your rope with a minimum of tangles.
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