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Alternate Uses For Caving Gear

Postby tncaver » May 21, 2015 8:16 am

Using vertical gear and ropes to climb and top out a tree that has to be removed. This tree died last year.
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Re: Alternate Uses For Caving Gear

Postby Grandpa Caver » May 21, 2015 4:17 pm

discovered long ago my carbide lamp made the best ever night fishing light.
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Re: Alternate Uses For Caving Gear

Postby ohiocaver » May 22, 2015 5:15 pm

Caving gear makes a great Halloween costume at parties for non-cavers.
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Re: Alternate Uses For Caving Gear

Postby tncaver » May 22, 2015 5:29 pm

ohiocaver wrote:Caving gear makes a great Halloween costume at parties for non-cavers.


I've done that one before. :laughing:
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Re: Alternate Uses For Caving Gear

Postby chaz » May 23, 2015 5:49 pm

perhaps knee pads for gardening in comfort and a QAS and carabiner when you cant find the dogs leash.
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Re: Alternate Uses For Caving Gear

Postby spider » May 23, 2015 8:00 pm

I had to take our kitten to the vet and as I drove into the parking lot I saw a sign that said: "All Pets Must Be On Leash -- NO Exceptions." Well, the kitten was wearing a flea collar, but all I had in the car was a 50 ft. length of 7/16 PMI. I tied a bowline (and backed it up with a half-hitch out of habit) around the kitten's collar and with the cat now properly on a leash, marched on into the vet's waiting room. People looked at me kinda funny.
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Re: Alternate Uses For Caving Gear

Postby NZcaver » May 24, 2015 3:21 pm

Caving helmet, harness, and lanyard with carabiners for fall prevention in the ceiling on a job site. Don't tell OSHA!

Semi-retired caving ropes re-purposed for tow-ropes, garage hoists, and a low-angle backyard zip line.

Ditto the lazy-option party costume at non-caver events.
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Re: Alternate Uses For Caving Gear

Postby EmmEeeElliiessessa » Aug 11, 2016 2:39 pm

Keep the good stuff! With the way technology changes nowadays our current gear will be considered vintage before too long too! My husband and I were given his father's old carbide lanterns and gear and we now proudly display them in our home near our fossil and crystal collections. If you're feeling crafty, some items could also be converted into or art. Many tourist attractions and museums collect old gear as well.
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Re: Alternate Uses For Caving Gear

Postby tncaver » Aug 11, 2016 3:55 pm

You are so right. Some of the vertical gear I currently use is no longer used by a vast majority of cavers.
A few years ago, one fellow told me he had never seen a rope walker system like mine. l use a single bungie
Gibbs system which is great for doing deep pits but not so great for doing change overs, or multi drops. I
used it on White Side Mountain and did a change over there (600 foot drop). Not too bad for an antique system.
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Re: Alternate Uses For Caving Gear

Postby CaverScott » Aug 12, 2016 8:34 am

Cleaning the house gutters over the very HIGH and exposed side.

(Rig to a tree or bumper and toss the rope over the apex of the roof. They you can hang on the steeply pitched edge without a fear of falling off.)

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Re: Alternate Uses For Caving Gear

Postby CaverScott » Aug 12, 2016 8:38 am

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Re: Alternate Uses For Caving Gear

Postby William Bagwell » Aug 12, 2016 7:30 pm

spider wrote:I had to take our kitten to the vet and as I drove into the parking lot I saw a sign that said: "All Pets Must Be On Leash -- NO Exceptions." Well, the kitten was wearing a flea collar, but all I had in the car was a 50 ft. length of 7/16 PMI. I tied a bowline (and backed it up with a half-hitch out of habit) around the kitten's collar and with the cat now properly on a leash, marched on into the vet's waiting room. People looked at me kinda funny.


LOL thanks to whoever bumped this old thread!

Have gained too much weight since my caving days to fit in any of my old harnesses but my daughter worked in construction for several years before becoming a truck driver. Her modern 'safety harness' is amongst the two pickup trucks worth of tools and stuff that is now in her old bed room :hairpull: Yes, I have used it several times working on the roof of our house. Still have two thirty plus year old ropes which are quite handy taking down trees. Would never dream of hanging on something that old but will tie it to the trailer hitch of a truck in a heart beat. Odd how that works...
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Re: Alternate Uses For Caving Gear

Postby EmmEeeElliiessessa » Sep 29, 2016 9:14 pm

There is an incredibly talented gal named Kassia Thormählen who has been re-purposing old ropes and using them to make rugs, baskets, wall hangings, etc. Her work is absolutely stunning! Her Facebook page can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/ColoROCKdo/about/?entry_point=page_nav_about_item&tab=page_info.
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