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Offline Will

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Shipping a Haulbag/Ledge?
« on: June 30, 2010, 08:38:30 am »
I'm on the east coast. I've got dates for early September in valley and there is little to no chance that I'm going to use much of my wall gear before then. I've also got a climbing partner with a friendly uncle in San Jose. I want to ship a bunch of stuff (portaledge, Haulbag, haul line, etc) to the Uncle. How should I do this?

I don't care if it takes 2+ weeks to get there (provided it doesn't get lost). I do care if it costs more than it would on the airline as an extra bag. From what I can tell, a second bag (<50lbs) is normally about $35 extra, while bags 3-5 are somewhere around $100 to $125 each. So I'm looking for a shipping option that's less than $100.

Anyone got any advice? Thanks.

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Re: Shipping a Haulbag/Ledge?
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2010, 09:28:59 am »
Calculate total weight and size packed into a corrugated box.

Look up the cost for USPS, private shippers like UPS, FedEx and DHL, and commercial freight shippers. For freight, consider where the package may need to be picked up by the recipient.
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Re: Shipping a Haulbag/Ledge?
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2010, 01:18:46 pm »
I think most of the shippers, and for sure the USPS website, have calculators to estimate your shipping cost.

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Re: Shipping a Haulbag/Ledge?
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2010, 03:43:55 pm »
Hey Will,

I never shipped my ledge before, but after getting socked pretty hard for over luggage to Yosemite in 2007, I sent a bunch of stuff (ropes, cams, tent, haulbag, sleeping bags) to a friend's place in Truckee, CA, via Parcel Post. It was definitely a lot cheaper than the airline and a few dollars cheaper than the UPS store, which we used on the way out due to time constraints. The reason it was cheaper with the postal service was that it was a few days slower whereas UPS didn't seem to offer the slower ~10-day option. I got some medium/big boxes from a local outdoor shop and sent three of them out. I think they ranged from $40-$50. each and we did the same thing again for the return trip. What you really have to avoid with the airlines is having a second or third bag that also exceeds the weight limit, then you are paying two extra fees!

This season, I'm going to consider the USPS flat rate box for things like pins, biners and cams. It's pretty small I think I can fit a lot into one or two boxes and it may only cost about $17-$20 dollars. This should really lighten up my checked luggage.

I'm also curious about railroad shipping. Back in the day when I went to a summer camp. We sent our camping Trunks loaded with all our stuff via Railway Express, and so did all the other campers.

Good luck,

Chad

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Re: Shipping a Haulbag/Ledge?
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2010, 04:14:40 pm »
I recently parcel posted a ledge across the country for about $15.   Seems like airlines are charging $25 a bag each way.  Definitely check USPS.gov for a shipping rate calculator.

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Re: Shipping a Haulbag/Ledge?
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2010, 03:31:41 pm »
Three times now we have shipped gear directly to the valley Post Office to "General Delivery" with no hassles. ID is all you need to pick up your goodies. You may need to see if your ledge makes it for size, if they have a limit on size that is. I had my wife send an extra haulbag to me in May, and it came with no problems. Just a thought.

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Re: Shipping a Haulbag/Ledge?
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2010, 04:57:21 pm »
The guy I bought my ledge from, on Ebay, shipped it thru USPS, from NYC.
Got it in a week, no sweat. It's an A5 single, break into 2 style.
Sweet!