Exposure

How to Not Organize Your Gear Shed, by Pro Climber Cedar Wright

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Welcome to professional climber Cedar Wright’s Boulder gear shed, or, as he calls it, his “discombobulated junk show.” It’s also an adventure athlete’s paradise packed into a one-car garage that’s bursting with ice climbing, paragliding, big-wall climbing, and biking equipment stacked in neat—and not so neat—piles.
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Wright is not only an accomplished climber but also a strong paraglider. Last spring, he logged a flight off 18,400-foot Pico de Orizaba, the highest mountain in Mexico.
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“I’m coming and going a lot, and stuff’s getting loaded in and out of my van quite often. The stuff I use less often gets filtered to the back,” Wright says.
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When we stopped by last fall, Wright had all his climbing gear laid out in preparation for a Moab trip.
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His array of first-ascent gear.
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One of Wright’s most valuable pieces of gear is his around-town cruiser—the black bike with the green grips. “One of the reasons I love living in Boulder is that I rarely get in my car unless I’m going on a road trip.”
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Salty chalk bags.
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Handmade climbing hooks Wright picked up in the Ukraine. “They’re super bomber.”
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Stuff that doesn’t get used migrates to piles at the back of the garage. Note the home improvement gear.
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Fan mail.
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Wright’s adventuremobile: a Dodge Grand Caravan. “It’s a little more modest than the dirtbags with their Sprinters,” he says.
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“I’m definitely not the world’s most organized person. I tend to just sort of pile in a bunch of stuff that will allow me to have fun. Usually, once I get there, I’m missing at least one thing, but hopefully it’s not like a harness, chalk bag, or shoes.”
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Wright removed the back seating in the Dodge and installed a plywood hinge under his mattress for gear storage.
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“It’s better to spend your money on experience. This all enables that. It allows me to have cool, fun adventures and take off at a moment’s notice. Lucky me.”
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