Would you trust your life to that?

Would you trust your life to that?

I used to go climbing, not the hard free climbing stuff, but reasonably hard stuff (for me at least) in the German Alps. Having some equipment left over, I used a carabiner pair to secure my self tacking gear during the winter. No load, as the sail was furled, but just to stop the car from traversing the rail and banging against the ends.

When I took it off, after about 6 months on the hard in Portugal, it looked like the picture above! The gate has split in half! To think that I have trusted my life to that piece of gear!

I suppose its the wrong use, and stainless would have been better! But the deterioration did surprise me.

Oh well we live and learn.....