Expeditions – Hanging Scale

| May 18, 2009 | 2 Comments

If I had to pick one of the most important pieces of pre-expedition equipment I’ve ever bought, without a doubt it would have to be a hanging scale.  I use this thing on an almost daily basis for weighing all sorts of items and it goes into overtime when prepping for a trip. For instant weighing, I’ve drilled a hole in one of the over-head joists in my shop, threaded an old climbing runner through it and hung the scale from that, so it is always ready to go.

I’ve owned  mine for about eight years, during which time it has paid for itself may times over in maximizing my luggage weights to avoid excess baggage fees while flying.  It gives me a perverse thrill to hear the ticket agent say “Okay, that looks like it is going to be overweight.” and when you put it on the scale…  48, 49… 50 pounds. Exactly. Ain’t that a shame.  :)

Mine is a Salter model 235 65 which goes up to 110 pounds, or 50 kg.  This is a bit crude for fine tuning a racing set up, but perfect for luggage and general use. I bought it online and can’t seem to find it anymore, but a 55 pound version for $30 can be found here.

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Andrew McLean lives in Park City, Utah and is a gear designer, writer, photographer, ski mountaineer, climber, Mountain Unicycle rider and father of two very loud little girls.

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  1. “For instant weighing, I’ve drilled a hole in one of the over-head joists in my shop, threaded an old climbing runner through it and hung the scale from that, so it is always ready to go.”
    – I’m not sure whether to be reassured or disturbed that I came up with almost exactly the same setup. I have a digital model though — Ultra Sport 50 http://www.jscale.com/product/_ultrasport_series.html
    (Ski bag weighed in at 49.8 pounds tonight — if the airport scale tomorrow morning reads a bit higher, I can transfer a few small items to my carry-on.)

  2. Andrew says:

    Nice job Jonathan! Keep those 1 or 2 pound items near the top of your bag for instant weight reduction and have a great trip.
    Andrew

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