Carabiners are obviously essential in certain circumstances, such as with any type of climbing / rappelling. But are they a good tool to have generally as well, and if so what might be some example uses other than the obvious? They're generally small and lightweight, so was wondering if they had any uses I hadn't yet considered.
- Hanging things on your pack
- Hanging things on that little loop at the top of your tent (like a nightlight)
- We use ours to lift and hang our packs
- As a simple pulley to change direction of a pull (less abrasive to your rope than a tree)
If you want to store your hiking poles on the outside of your pack I find a carabiner works quite well as a stirrup for holding the lower parts of the poles.
I also put a lot of my loose items on one in the top pouch of my pack including, headlamp, lighter (on a keychain ring), multi-tool, flashlight, keys, etc. Easier to add/remove items than on those little plastic clips, and less likely to break.
- Store your sandals or boots on the hip belt of your pack, while walking barefoot.
- Hook small items to your pants belt rings - while camping or in the city.
- Hook the nylon pouch, used to collect rubbish, to a tree branch (no one will step in it).
- Hang your sunglasses pouch to the plastic rings on the shoulder straps for easy access.
- Secure your travel mug to the exterior of the backpack for easy access and "mountain guy" looks