Mar 18, 2012, 9:50 AM
Registered: Oct 13, 2011
Tricams do indeed work very well in NC.
Also, do not feel like you must buy Black Diamond cams, as many people suggested. Wild Country, DMM, Metolius, & Trango cams are all great cams as well. Personally, I climb with mostly Helium cams (Wild Country) and I am quite happy with them.
I also echo what others said regarding passive; get a good and complete set of nuts (make sure you have a nut tool as well), and get a few hexes and tricams as well. I personally like having large nuts (although many don't) and hexes, because they work beautifully in so many places, saving cams for later. Tricams make for great belay anchors, and for protecting slightly tapering cracks and horizontals.
I am a fairly new trad climber (my rack is only two months old but well traveled already!), and I climb with mostly DMM Wallnuts for stoppers (full set, #1-11), all four of the DMM Torque Nuts (which, yes, I bring on most climbs, and they usually get placed), 5 tricams (#0.25 through #2), and 8 cams (mostly Heliums) from about 0.5 inches to 3 inches expansion range. This rack has gotten me up full-length pitches through the 5.7 range.
Good luck, have fun, be safe!
(This post was edited by ChessRonin on Mar 18, 2012, 9:51 AM)