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Nov 9, 2012, 10:26 PM

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Re: [famous] link cam for novices?
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famous wrote:
Over the last year I've been slowly increasing my rack, but at this stage they are all passive pieces, and now I'm looking to by some cams for cracks and anchor building.z

An aside: cams for anchor building? Really, it should be more about choosing the piece that fits the rock at hand. And, often, I'm trying to not use cams in the anchor so the leader of the next pitch has that flexibility - because if we're not doubled up on something it is usually those cams that are heavier per capita.

I don't own a link cam. I may never - not sure. And it does seem to be the consensus here that they are not for novices. Still, if indications are that one has good mechanical sense, I suspect one could research the issues with link cams and so do well in placing them.

I'll add that one of my partners has climbed for decades. His rack generally consists of nuts and hexes and sometimes a couple link cams. It seems to work pretty well where we climb if one is comfortable placing hexes. But then he does have a lot of experience (edit: and I about 1/3 as much). And most novices who partner with him often insist on adding a set of regular cams to his rack if sharing leads.

Bill L

(This post was edited by billl7 on Nov 10, 2012, 9:50 AM)

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