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By Kyler R
From SLC
Apr 21, 2014
Castleton Tower

A couple days ago I was cragging at the challenge buttress and noticed the rings at the top of Hollow Man were getting very worn and could use being replaced before everyone their friends start setting top ropes directly through the rings.

The most logical thing is people respecting the anchors and burning their biners and not community gear. However we all know that won't happen ever.

I have rap rings but they are of the variety used for bailing or adventure climbing, ie cheap and meant to be left behind. I'd like to throw new rings up in the quick links but not sure where people get their forged steel rings for anchors.

Let me know and I'd be happy to replace them next time up there or if someone else is headed up there go for it and I'll replace the next anchors I find.

We all use the gear so we should all take an active role in maintaining it.


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By Allen Sanderson
From Oootah
Apr 21, 2014

Good on ya, stop by IME as they have rings.

And yes, noobs setting up TR via the rings need to be taught a lesson.


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By Derrick
Apr 22, 2014

Fixe hardware, Climbtech have them for online purchase.


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By shoo
From Boston, Massachusetts
Apr 22, 2014
Rock wars, Red River Gorge

Drew Spaulding wrote:
I go to Lowe's and cut 1 or 3 or... links off the largest, stainless chain they have. They work great and are rated to 5500lbs, twice as much as a carabiner. Any rope fits through the link and You can top-rope all year long on those links!


Climbing and industrial strength ratings are based on very different statistical standards, and can not be compared.

That being said, this is a fine solution.


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By MRock
Apr 22, 2014
Split shin after 5.9+ R lead

Ime has fatty steel ones behind the counter.


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By John Wilder
From Las Vegas, NV
Apr 22, 2014

The ASCA also provides rings to its volunteers- i'd check at IME and see who's got kit in town. I'm sure someone's got a pile of SS Fixe Rap rings floating around up there.


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By rging
From Salt Lake City, Ut
Apr 23, 2014
CoR

Use quick links just make sure they are stamped with a rating.Any decent hardware store will various sizes in steel and SS.


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By Kyler R
From SLC
Apr 23, 2014
Castleton Tower

Thanks for all the info. I picked up a small supply from IME. 3.25/each for plated steel.


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