Dog Owner’s Carabiner

June 17, 2009 at 5:00 am 2 comments

During our recent backpacking trip to Mount Rogers, Virginia, Ryan Somma needed a means to secure our four person (or two person, two dog) tent to his backpack. A carabiner would have been helpful.

Carabiner – Would have been handy (Photo by dpit Media V2)

But– Ryan didn’t have any on hand. His girlfriend may have…ahem…broken his on the way to Spy Rock last April. : ) But Ryan found something else that worked great– Henry the Beagle’s retractable leash. Because it was a leash, we were able to wrap it around the tent numerous times. And because it was retractable, we were able to adjust to the exact length we wanted. It worked out great!

Mount Rogers Backpacking 2009 - Camp - Dog Owner's Carabiner
The Tent is Attached, Courtesy of Henry’s Leash

So dog owners, if you are ever in a pinch– keep that retractable leash in mind. Though, I certainly wouldn’t recommend retractable leashes to be in your first string of backpacking equipment.

They’re too heavy. : )

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. geekhiker  |  June 17, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    If I used that on a backpack, I would never hear the end of it from my fellow backpackers!

  • 2. scienceguy288  |  June 17, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    As a climber, I am never caught without a spare carabiner. Sorry I couldn’t be there to lend you one.


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