You do realize that it is the man who makes the climber and not his shiny new gear, right? I myself climbed in my trusty old floating dee saddle for over 30 years. Climbed in my well loved Bashlins for over 30 years. All while trusting my life to my less than perfect Safety Blue, and my ragged 7/8" wirecore manilla fliplines. 30 yrs of wreaking big wood in that raggedy old gear and I somehow managed to stay alive?Oh wow.... old worn spurs, ragged flipline, rough safety line, battered Civil War losing saddle? He is only missing one piece of gear: https://www.livescience.com/41576-tongue-controlled-wheelchair-paralysis.html. Next time you see him, asking how that is working out for him.
I learned back in my paragliding/hang gliding days that its worth spending the money of equipment that can help you stay safe.