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Mar 28, 2012, 8:51 AM

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Re: [viavelo] Building my first rack
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ABC nuts are fine. Get one set, not two.

Do not buy Link Cams for your first set. Do a search on them here or at Mountain Project. They have limitations and are not ideal for beginner use IMHO.

Everyone has opinions on cams. I use a mix of Black Diamond and Wired Bliss in full size and Wired Bliss and Metolius in TCU size. I have also used WC Tech Friends. For a beginner rack, I would suggest buying cams from .5 to 3 in BD size. Whatever you buy, look for the cams on sale. Wired Bliss is usually pretty cheap.

Here is a really great deal. You can the WC Tech Friends for $45 a piece with a free carabiner and free shipping at

Get sizes 1 to 3.5.

Don't forget you will also need slings and carabiners. You can buy Misty Mountain 24" nylon slings for cheap at gearExpress. Find whatever carabiners they have on sale and you are set.

BTW, do not forget a helmet. It only takes one head injury to really ruin your day!

Have fun learning trad and climb safe.

edit to correct spelling.

(This post was edited by ncrockclimber on Mar 28, 2012, 8:58 AM)

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