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Carrying other items with a climbing harness

Postby Liquid Shadow » Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:11 am

Is it too crazy to carry non-climbing items on a climbing harness on a hike rather than a climb. I'm thinking that it would be super convenient to clip a water bottle to one of the gear loops. How about hang two ice tools through the gear loops on an approach to a couloir, since my pack can't accommodate 2 ice tools?

Do you guys use your harness for non-climbing purposes?

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Re: Carrying other items with a climbing harness

Postby Alpineair » Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:27 am

I've used mine to pull a sled in the IPW.
I think ice tools would be trouble hanging from your harness.
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Re: Carrying other items with a climbing harness

Postby ed20320 » Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:10 am

I think you will eventually find larger, heavier items hanging from your harness to be a pain in the a##. If you were to take a fall with 2 ice tools hanging at your side, now you have 2 very sharp objects in close proximity to your body that are falling with you.
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Re: Carrying other items with a climbing harness

Postby tlongpine » Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:51 am

Moving weight is the worst kind of weight, and a swinging bottle is right up there among the worst kind of moving weight - right behind anything with sharp edges and acute points.
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Re: Carrying other items with a climbing harness

Postby Brian C » Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:52 am

I have a buddy who very successfully sewed loops onto the waist belt of his pack using pieces of webbing. He uses them to carry pickets and other miscellaneous gear. Also, some Osprey packs come with gear loops already attached. Seems like that would work much better than wearing a harness all day.
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Re: Carrying other items with a climbing harness

Postby Liquid Shadow » Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:24 am

Thanks for the reply guys. It all makes sense so I guess I won't carrying stuff with my harness.

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Re: Carrying other items with a climbing harness

Postby HuskyRunner » Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:45 am

Liquid Shadow wrote:Is it too crazy to carry non-climbing items on a climbing harness on a hike rather than a climb. I'm thinking that it would be super convenient to clip a water bottle to one of the gear loops. How about hang two ice tools through the gear loops on an approach to a couloir, since my pack can't accommodate 2 ice tools?



If crazy is the look you're going for then I think it's a good start! Pair it up with some high waisted short pant (manpris?) and hike the waist up to your chest, some black socks and combat boots would help make the look. Maybe hang a couple of #10 or #11 hexs on it, gotta be at least 2 so they clang all the way up the mountain like a cow bell, more cow bell baby!
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Re: Carrying other items with a climbing harness

Postby Hacksaw » Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:06 pm

Liquid Shadow wrote:Do you guys use your harness for non-climbing purposes?


No.
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Re: Carrying other items with a climbing harness

Postby Kruck » Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:32 pm

Obviously, you combine it with a fly fishermans vest and hang five 15 inch cutthroats off the harness loops. That way your hands are free to drink a Stone and pop in a wad of chew on the way back to the TH, without the hassle of a backpack. We do that up here all the time.

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Re: Carrying other items with a climbing harness

Postby matt pierce » Mon Jan 21, 2013 6:16 pm

Hacksaw wrote:
Liquid Shadow wrote:Do you guys use your harness for non-climbing purposes?


No.


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Re: Carrying other items with a climbing harness

Postby nyker » Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:21 pm

Wearing a harness also could prove more inconvenient in the event that nature calls along your hiking...

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Re: Carrying other items with a climbing harness

Postby crossfitter » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:52 am

Using a climbing harness for carrying stuff hiking would be both overkill and silly (not to mention highly un-stylish). If all you are doing is hanging stuff from the gear loops rather than having the harness carry your weight, leg loops are inconvenient and unnecessary. Remove the leg loops from your harness and you are left with....a belt. Since gear loops aren't load bearing you can easily sew your own gear loops onto hiking pants or just use the belt loops.
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