Dow Williams wrote:kheegster wrote:To be honest, while I can someone dirtbagging as a sport or even trad climber, alpine climbing is much more gear-intensive (a good -20 deg bag = rack + rope), and difficult alpine-style climbs totally trashes gear.
I'm already dumping my income straight into gear, and I'm not sure I'd be able to do any alpine if I were to end up flipping burgers.
True, you just have to be smart about that...I see way too many of you buying expensive gear that the industry produces for one purpose....to sell to the wealthier "big mountain" trekkers because they want the absolute best and can afford it....most of it really is not going to make you any better of a climber or your expedition go any smoother....i.e. ArcTeryx clothing, expensive plastics and/or the latest tools (if you are only climbing WI 4 anyway?)...if you want to climb hard, I expect you to rip your clothes and outerwear to threads, no matter who makes it. Be smart about paying reasonable prices for it. So many folks are geared up way beyond their level or what they need. Just an observation. The more you spend, the better for me, but there at better things in life to spend your hard earned money on.
I tend to buy expensive gear but don't view it as wasteful at all. What price do you put on getting a restful night sleep, or keeping your digits warm in freezing weather to prevent losing your fingers and toes? There is not just comfort to consider but also safety. I could go through each piece of gear I own and strongly justify the expense. I guess it's all a matter of perspective. Perhaps the biggest luxury is to pay more for lighter weight gear. However. even that I would argue helps me to go farther faster and is thus worth the extra $.