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By Mike Belu
From Indianapolis, IN
Aug 7, 2012
Summit of Rainier.

As the space needed to store my gear continues to grow, my girlfriend thinks I'm a gear buying addict. She's probably right, but I've concluded she doesn't need to know about every purchase. She doesn't know the thrill of hunting down the good deal. "So what if I won't use it until next year, over it's 50% off." Shipment tracking numbers are key; I have to beat her home on the delivery date, and get rid of the packaging before she sees it. I have become........a gear junkie. Are there support groups?


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By generationfourth
From Irvine, CA
Aug 7, 2012

my relationship just ended recently, and I know the feeling. Every time I bought something she took it personally and saw it as taking funds away from the ring I was supposed to be buying. I remember exclusively hunting down C4's and other cams on this forum because slightly used ones were a lot easier to disguise as gear I already owned...


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By Eric Nasmyth
Aug 7, 2012

I hide them in the same place she hides her new shoes.


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By Matt N
From Santa Barbara, CA
Aug 7, 2012
OTL

When you start having to hide your nuts from your girlfriend, its time to end it.


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By Matt N
From Santa Barbara, CA
Aug 7, 2012
OTL

When your girlfriend gets jealous of your rack, it may be time to upgrade hers.


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By Colonel Mustard
From Reno, NV
Aug 7, 2012
Colonel Mustard

Hiding stuff is basic relationship survival skills, man. I for one support you, if that's what you need to hear ;).


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By Steve M
From MN
Aug 7, 2012

Your new standard answer:
Oh that old thing? I can't even remember how long ago I bought that.

Then start rummaging through your gear bin telling stories about when you fell on what piece of pro, she'll wander off in no time.

Oh, and have it shipped to your work.


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By Dankasaurus
From Lyons, CO
Aug 7, 2012

OP: You have to take a stand, rather than being deceitful. It'll just get worse, especially since you're not married yet.

What's next? I'll tell you:

-Your balls...in a glass jar under the sink.
-Your truck...traded in for a Ford Focus.
-Your favorite ripped polo shirt...in the dumpster.
-Your sword collection...for sale on ebay.

Take a stand, man!


PS- "The thrill of hunting down the good deal"? Perhaps it's already too late.


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By RobD
From Colorado Springs
Aug 7, 2012

Go find a climber girl and don't be afraid to marry her. My wife is a climber and loves my nuts just as much as I do...


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By Mike Belu
From Indianapolis, IN
Aug 7, 2012
Summit of Rainier.

Very funny replies! Actually, i'm just having some fun with the topic. She's really cool. She rolls her eyes, and a package arrives for her a few days later.


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By Jake Jones
From Richmond, VA
Aug 7, 2012
Me and the offspring walking back to the car after a day of cragging.

Yes, yes, man up and all that. Blah blah blah. If only life was that simple. Some people might actually like getting laid and buying gear, and you sir, are one of those people.

-Have a friend you can trust? Have it shipped to his house.

-Start a new cache, perhaps in your trunk? Next trip, integrate it in with the rest of your rack and get some scratches on it.

-Some stuff is just never on sale. Save up for it, buy it in cash, and locally. No paper trail, no box or bag in the mailbox or on the porch.

Just a few helpful hints from a guy with no sack, but a hell of a lot of nuts.


Btw, there is a sweet deal on a bicolor Sterling Evolution Velocity dry 60m right now on Colorado Crack gear. The discount plus the 20% off coupon put it nicely under $200. Happy hunting on the dl.


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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Aug 7, 2012
Bocan

Do you have porn? Hide it next to that and bring it out one item at a time.


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By Jeffeos
From CordryCorner
Aug 7, 2012
Young Good Free Face, 11b

Gear whore here. I can afford the toys to have a good time and so I buy them. A lot of them.

I always give my latest gear purchases to immediate family members to gift to me for bdays and holidays.
I save them a ton of money.
I get presents that I LOVE
& everyone hates me for it but secretly I know they really love me for it.


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By Sir Wanksalot
From County Jail
Aug 7, 2012

Scott McMahon wrote:
Do you have porn? Hide it next to that and bring it out one item at a time.


What decade do you live in bro? My porn is hidden on a damn hard drive!


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By NorCalNomad
From San Francisco
Aug 7, 2012

I think we need the guy who got his stuff yoinked by his girlfriend to weigh in on this :P


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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Aug 7, 2012
Bocan

Randy W. wrote:
What decade do you live in bro? My porn is hidden on a damn hard drive!


Well it's not like I threw away my DvDs!


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By Sir Wanksalot
From County Jail
Aug 7, 2012

Scott McMahon wrote:
Well it's not like I threw away my DvDs!


touche!


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By Alpinisto
From Connecticut
Aug 7, 2012

Mike Belu wrote:
As the space needed to store my gear continues to grow, my girlfriend thinks I'm a gear buying addict. She's probably right, but I've concluded she doesn't need to know about every purchase. [EDIT] Shipment tracking numbers are key; I have to beat her home on the delivery date, and get rid of the packaging before she sees it.


Dude, wait till you're married with two kids that you're supposed to be saving for college for. [facepalm]

At least my wife hardly ever ventures down to the basement, where most of my gear is stored (hidden away in Rubbermaid tubs).

Steve M wrote:
Oh, and have it shipped to your work.


^^^This.


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By Brad W
From San Diego
Aug 7, 2012

Steve M wrote:
Oh, and have it shipped to your work.


This, here, is key advice. I'm glad I'm not the only one.


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By APBT1976
Aug 7, 2012
Black Dike 12/25/11

Tony B wrote:
There is a "fartbox" comment lingering just behind a dark corner that will come out very very soon if I know this crowd.


Hide it in "your" fartbox and dick stab her in the brain ;)

For real if this is a problem you got much bigger problems...


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By prod.
From Boulder, Co
Aug 7, 2012

Dump her, or maybe she should dump you.

This chick isn't even your wife yet and she is nagging you? Either get a sack and let her know who you are and what you do, or she'll dump you for being a sackless spineless tool.

Or send the gear to me for safe keeping.

Prod.

PS, you do realize that we all go through this and I was giving you advice that I should take myself,... or was I giving your girlfriend advice that my wife should take??? Hum..


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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Aug 7, 2012
Bocan

John Marsella wrote:
Opaque 32 gallon totes with lids. Keep em in the car.


oohh...not recommended unless you wanna risk buying your gear again. But hey, you do like buying gear!


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By Kenny Thompson
From woodfords, california
Aug 7, 2012
gorge

I buy everything through my business acct.


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By kilonot
Aug 7, 2012

Kenny Thompson wrote:
I buy everything through my business acct.


Unless you're a guide or a sole prop, you should prob talk to your lawyer. Google 'piercing the corporate vail'.


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By Todd Cook
From Hawthorne, CA
Aug 8, 2012
me in Africa

We've seen this movie before, and it doesn't have a good ending.

Anyway, some tips:

-- If she complains that some piece is new, tell her that you bought it months ago, show her the dust you can wipe off it.

-- Announce every piece of gear that you intend to sell, or give away. No matter how damaged, nor how low the price (free!) it still counts. Ask her the last time she sold shoes for money.

-- Point out Consignment stores that sell women's clothing but not climbing gear.


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By Rob Gordon
From Hollywood, CA
Aug 8, 2012
Tough Mantle Problem.  Haven't sent yet...

Why do you need a girlfriend? Strippers cost less money and never do anything but act like they love you.


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