Climbing Gear & Me

over 1 year ago

When you start your climbing hobby, every single gear has a special place in your heart and you remember buying it better than your mother’s birthday. But when your climbing gear begins to need a room of its own, it’s more difficult to remember every piece you have. The trad rack for rock climbing in summer, all that ice gear for winter, some miscellaneous things for your alpine adventures and then all those things that you use no matter the season.

Some people like to twiddle their gear more and get all the gimmicks – for some the gear is the unavoidable evil. But still, if you are doing any rope climbing, you have to face the fact that not all gear lasts forever. And some of them even have the best before date. It’s fairly easy to get rid of the pro that bent over backwards when it took a hard fall, but one has to keep some kind of record for the gear that looks ok even after being expired.

You can always make an Excel or write your gear down in a small black book – as long as you remember to look when it’s time to retire ropes, harnesses, slings and prusiks from climbing use. My friend Dima started to solve this problem using his web developer skills. He ended up creating a service called Climbing gear & me – or CliGe. I was helping him as a test user and suggesting new features. After we had tweaked CliGe a bit, Dima opened the service for everyone to use last year.

CliGe is a free service where you can list all your climbing gear. You can add everything down to their serial numbers or just the things with expiration dates. In CliGe you will get your own gear book page, that I recommend you save in your bookmarks.

In the gear book you can list several similar pieces of gear at once, which is really convenient when you have bought for example a set of six quickdraws. You can also copy the gear information – meaning you don’t have to always write everything from the scratch. CliGe sends you email when you gear is expiring and you can set the expiration date yourself. Often the recommended lifespan of a gear depends how much you use it and to help to figure that out, there is a rule of thumb list for ropes, harnesses, helmets, slings and quickdraws in CliGe.

CliGe is for climbers as well as for companies that are selling climbing services and thus need a log for their customer use gear. Additional feature in CliGe is a public gear book that is useful when planning a climbing trip with a friend or just for showing off. Dima also developed a fall factor calculator that can be used to examine the forces that affect your gear when taking a fall. Another feature in CliGe is a Lost and Found -page, where you can log a gear that you have found. If its serial number is in CliGe, the owner will be informed. Though the problem is that not all gear have a unique serial number.

Listing your gear to CliGe can be useful when a manufacturer makes a product recall due a defect. Using the listed serial numbers, you can easily check if you gear is part of the recall without having to go through your rack. The initial listing of all your gear might be a big project, but after that it’s quite effortless to log all your new gear.

CliGe is made by climbers for climbers and any ideas how to develope it further can be sent to Dima. Also all the other groups that use climbing gear, such as geocachers, people doing altitude work and arborists, are welcome to use CliGe for their gear.

- Jeriko Fox

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