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    Old gear to the rescue

    Yesterday I went out on the AT to Leroy Smith shelter for AMC shelter watch. It was foggy and wet but no forecast of rain. Iíve been digging into my basement gear boxes and found some old gear I havenít used in a long long time. I took Molly Mac Gear Insultex underquilts and Jacks R Better FrogTogs type of under & over protection. I forgot what itís called. No forecast of rain but sure enough I got caught in a deluge. I had just enough time to set up my hammock and the other gear. I forgot a tarp but the JRB gear kept me dry in the hammock. The MMG gear is fairly waterproof too so I wrapped myself in it while settling up my hammock. I stayed warm and dry.

    These pieces of gear arenít made any more. Iím glad I didnít throw them away. Thanx Molly Mac and Jacks!


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    Every once in a while I'll dig through my gear bins and find some old piece of equipment that I end up using on my next trip.

    Always interesting to see the evolution in personal gear choices.

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    Old gear to the rescue

    It was JRBís Weathershield covers I had. It used FroggToggs material.

    I was out again today on the AT in 46į windy weather. I set up again to see how well it worked. With blue jeans, long underwear top, a down vest, wool socks I fell asleep for an hour. I made sure the Insultex was up against the hammock to work properly.

    Yes there are more lightweight and less bulky options available but the stuff is 10 or 12 years old and still works great.
    Last edited by Crash; 10-28-2022 at 17:57.
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    I got to go through tons of my old stuff recently, half of which was lost to mold. I found a 25 year old rock climbing harness... which I think was probably safe to use, but who knows would you really want to trust that? I tossed it out. Those fabrics CAN deteriorate although I dont think by much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clown Pusher View Post
    I got to go through tons of my old stuff recently, half of which was lost to mold. I found a 25 year old rock climbing harness... which I think was probably safe to use, but who knows would you really want to trust that? I tossed it out. Those fabrics CAN deteriorate although I dont think by much.
    I work in live event production. We depend on harnesses to save our lives, and have to have them re-certified often. We don't keep any past 6 years, but I'm not sure how the rules apply to rock climbing harnesses. It's unfortunate to treat a moderately expensive piece of safety gear as an expendable, however.

    That said, this hammock hobby has ignited my desire to give rock climbing or cave exploring a try!

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