A friend of mine taught me this tip a long time ago and I have used it ever since. Many people who work around rope on a regular basis will mark their equipment with color coded tape. This helps you identify who the gear belongs to. Also, if you tape a carabiner you can tape the spine toward the gate opening end. This way when you reach to grab a carabiner with one hand you will know which way the gate opens. This is extremely helpful on symmetrically shaped carabiners since it is hard to tell sometimes. The above Carabiner is a pear shape and you can tell that the tape mark indicates the gate opens directly across from the tape.
Matt Hinkle is a Staff Instructor at the Mississippi State Fire Academy. He has over twelve years of experience in the fire service and has served in many positions throughout his career including; Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain, Training Officer and Instructor. He has designed local and state training curriculums, coordinated regional training events, and assisted in the development of national training programs. During his service Matt has received several awards including: Firefighter of the Year (Lafayette County Fire Department), Fire Officer of the Year Finalist (MS Burn Association), Medal of Valor (MS Burn Association), and a Letter of Commendation (City of Oxford). Matt has received over 2,000 hours of technical training in many disciplines including: NFPA 1001-I-II (Firefighter I-II), NFPA 1002 (Driver/Operator), NFPA 1041-I-II (Instructor), Hazardous Materials Technician I-II, Rope Rescue Technician I-II, Confined Space Rescue Technician, Trench Rescue Technician, Vehicle Extrication I-II, Search and Rescue Technician I-II-III, EMT-B, and Cave Rescue I-II.