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By Gunks Jesse
From Shawangunk Township, NY
Aug 3, 2014
High E
Has anyone ever tried renting out their crash pad to visitors?

Edit: clearly a bad idea

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By Andrewww
From Concord, NH
Aug 4, 2014
I would think that the liability might be an issue. Unless you are carrying liability insurance to specifically cover an incident, if something happened, even if it were the end user's own fault, they could very likely sue you. I mean, say you rented someone a crash pad and they broke their ankle, they could hold you liable. Or what if you rented cams and someone cams and they made a terrible placement and the cam umbrella-ed, they could come after you claiming your gear you rented them was bad.

So I really think it's way more hassle than it's worth and that's probably why you don't really see too much climbing gear rental outside of a climbing gym.

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By S Denny
From Aspen, CO
Aug 4, 2014
gearcommons.com/

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By Andrewww
From Concord, NH
Aug 4, 2014
They specifically state they don't allow rental of technical climbing equipment due to the nature and liability

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By S Denny
From Aspen, CO
Aug 4, 2014
There is a major hole in the insurance/liability on that site. Someone will get sued for sure. Crashpad could never be considered technical climbing gear

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By Andrewww
From Concord, NH
Aug 4, 2014
Oh yea, that site is an injury lawyer's wet dream. As far as the crash pad goes, it could be considered non-rentable. Someone falls on it and the foam bottoms out, they break a bone, roll an ankle, whatever, blames the pad for being too soft and worn out.

Just playing devil's advocate here, but it's the reality of it, people will sue if they get hurt using someone else's gear, because it wasn't them climbing that highball boulder problem way above their limit, no, it was the 4 inch thick crash pad that they rented.

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By S Denny
From Aspen, CO
Aug 4, 2014
My favorite part of the FAQ

"Liability

What happens if a Renter is injured during their use of outdoor gear?
What happens if a Renter or an Owner is injured during the hand-off or the return of outdoor gear?"

No answers... who knows?!

Does anyone know the guys running this site?

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