I was going to post in the "Climbing Harness" thread below, but it seemed a little off topic arguing when to replace gear, so here we are. Search didn't offer much.
I climbed the Washington Volcanoes this summer, and it struck me that my cushy harness (used primarily for rock climbing) is nearly a pound. Yikes!
So, to the internets! Minimalist harness, lightest weight, boom- Camp Alpine95 somethingorother. 3.5oz. Sweet! Wish I had 50$.
Got to thinking. Harnesses are a relatively new invention in mountaineering. Could do a swammi, or go Wymper style and just tie straight into the rope? Lightest harness must be... no harness?
Before we drift, I'm wondering if anyone nixes the harness on simple, low angle climbs (Glacier, Baker, etc) without technical rock, rappels, or other must-have-harness occasions? And something tells me a crevasse fall on a 3.5oz harness can't be all that more comfortable than a rope around the waist.