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stan


Nov 12, 2009, 4:02 PM
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I've been climbing since 1953, but I don't remember
what year Locking Biners were available.
Anyone help?
I see a lot more Lockers these days....in fact I have seen some racks where almost every biner is a locker.


olderic


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They were common when I started - early 70's. Can't see that I am seeing them in any higher ratios these days though. I guess they are common in the text book quadralized equalized anchors that would hold a greyhound - bus - that the noobies like to construct and analyze though.


johnwesely


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You have to think about every situation. What if a greyhound bus careened off the top of the cliff and got caught in your rope? you would feel pretty stupid if your anchor could not hold it.


Partner cracklover


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Hey, it happens all the time at the Gunks!

http://news.google.com/...&pg=4337,4069259

GO


johnwesely


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cracklover wrote:
Hey, it happens all the time at the Gunks!

http://news.google.com/...&pg=4337,4069259

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Exactly my point. Without an equallette, you would be doomed.


olympicmtnboy


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No idea myself, but there have been a lot of old gear threads over on supertopo.com. I'd try asking there any you'll probably get pictures and everything, I'm sure someone is collecting old lockers out there.


coldfeet


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My copy of Basic Rockcraft mentions the existence of carabiners with "safety gates" but suggests just using two regular carabiners with gates opposed instead. The book was published in 1971, I think (before my time).


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