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Interesting illustration of equipment manufacturers and attitude to caving

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paul:
In his slightly irrelevant way, mountaineer / climber Andy Kirkpatrick has a take on equipment manufacturers catering for cavers from a point of view of the number of participants:



--- Quote ---And finally, you have a sport like caving, or cave diving (the BASE jumping of caving... just far more dangerous), where much of their gear is piggybacked off other sports, or industry, and where innovation only comes from the inside, where the user has to innovate - or make do - in order to serve a need or purpose or trip, and will generally manufacture at cost to their friends, the kind of old school activists who can only dream of companies considering them worth a punt, manufacturing fancy dayglow organic plastic over suits, Gortex wellies, or phones you could stick up your bum
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From: https://www.andy-kirkpatrick.com/blog/view/bottom

mikem:
Should that be irreverent?

The same is true of climbing products too (particularly in the early days - the original nuts were created by drilling out threads).

He has just completed an entire book on abseiling, which may be of interest to some.

& His previous mention of caving:
https://www.andy-kirkpatrick.com/blog/view/speed_control_slow_fast

paul:

--- Quote from: mikem on April 16, 2021, 03:49:51 pm ---Should that be irreverent?

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Yes - it should. Damn spellchecker fixed a typo probably.


--- Quote from: mikem on April 16, 2021, 03:49:51 pm ---& His previous mention of caving:
https://www.andy-kirkpatrick.com/blog/view/speed_control_slow_fast

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He is familiar with cavers and caving having worked in Outside in Hathersage some years ago.

cavemanmike:
It's well documented that Joe brown took the nuts off his car for pro well before they where manufactured

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