Old Harness found at Wilgepoort

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Old Harness found at Wilgepoort

Postby dirktalma » Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:41 pm

I found an old Whillans harness in the big pool at Wilgepoort about 6 months ago. It was one flood away from washing off the rocks and sinking to the bottom. I came across it again while doing some housekeeping tonight.

Does anyone know who's it is? It doesn't look too old. The webbing looks in a decent condition. Some parts look better than my current gear-loop. It feels more comfortable than my current BD harness. I haven't hang-tested that yet.

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Re: Old Harness found at Wilgepoort

Postby Justin » Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:13 pm

dirktalma wrote:Does anyone know who's it is? It doesn't look too old.

Perhaps not, but that biner looks pretty damn old!!

Nice find :thumleft:
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Re: Old Harness found at Wilgepoort

Postby dirktalma » Sat Apr 26, 2014 5:29 pm

Lyk my dis die Seemonster se pa s'n. Lost it there about a year ago. Lekker

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Re: Old Harness found at Wilgepoort

Postby Chris F » Mon Apr 28, 2014 1:49 pm

Not too old? It's a classic Troll Whillans, which I don't think lasted beyond the late 70s?

http://www.trolluk.com/history

Bit of a museum piece!

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Re: Old Harness found at Wilgepoort

Postby Old Smelly » Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:36 am

Anyone who thinks a Whillans is more comfortable than a BD harness (or any harness post 1980 for that matter) is delusional & thus will think that a Whillans is "not that old"! :jocolor: :thumright

On the other hand some people can climb stuff in a Whillans that I would not even try! Still - that does not look like a good idea for continued use - maybe a museum somewhere?
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Re: Old Harness found at Wilgepoort

Postby Gustav » Tue Apr 29, 2014 3:23 pm

Donate it to a climbing museum! Bring it to us, we have a bunch of old things that we'll be putting up on a wall on the lodge at some stage...
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