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Mar 3, 2008, 1:06 AM
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Mar 10, 2008, 5:19 AM
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Re: [USnavy] Stress Corrosion Cracking / sea water / washing climbing gear? [In reply to]
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I'm not going to make a guess as to if you should wash your gear or not, though I don't think rinsing it off with fresh water would hurt. But as far as stress corrosion cracking is concerned, you are correct. SCC is a method of corrosive failure that only exists when a susceptible material experiences stress in corrosive environment. Unless your biners are stressed (ie experiencing load) while sitting in your gear closet and they have a coating of something corrosive on them they won't undergo SCC. You could of course have just plain corrosion happening if there is something, sea salt, on your gear. Whether your gear does based on the area you climb is the question. I'm not sure about that.


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Re: [pwilk] Stress Corrosion Cracking / sea water / washing climbing gear? [In reply to]
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Theres been plenty of incidents where stainless bolts on a seaside crag break off in someones hand to not take this issue seriously.

From watching stuff my father in law owned turned to shit 2 miles form the coast in Hawaii, I suspect all of your gear will have a shorter life, and washing/rinsing with fresh water after an outing is a good thing.


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