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I was digging through a box of my dad's old trad gear the other day when I ran across a set of camlocks. I kind of want to use them as leave behind gear but was wondering how well they work. I imagine they are similar to tricams and might work well in pockets and horizontal cracks. Thoughts and opinions? Oh, and how do you place these things?


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They don't work and are easily the worst piece of pro ever made.


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I have a couple of them that I got from an older climber. I have never used them but was told that they are unreliable.


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Also don't bring gear as "leave behind gear" Bring what you actually want to climb on. Losing gear doesn't happen enough to warrant the frustration.


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Thanks for the thoughts. As for " leave behind" gear I never carry any when climbing an established route. I have found that a few pieces of bail gear are essential when attempting much of the unclimbed terrain found here in Alaska. I might still use the three smallest sizes as they probably work as stoppers and weigh next to nothing.


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Just a thought, if gear isn't good enough for you to use it and trust it on lead, it really isn't good enough to trust your lift to for rapping off of. Not to mention if it's a peace of gear you aren't familiar with placing, it's the last thing you should trust your life to. Use something you are infinately familiar with.

Stoppers, hexes and old biners are ideal for bail gear. Don't cost a fortune to replace, and it's something you're familiar with using.


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The small size camlocks, placed as stoppers, would be the ideal gear to leave as bail gear. It would be easy to evaluate the quality of the placement.


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handcrack wrote:
The small size camlocks, placed as stoppers, would be the ideal gear to leave as bail gear. It would be easy to evaluate the quality of the placement.

Except they are going to be much less versatile than the equivalent nut.


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Which makes them the ideal piece to get rid of
as bail gear!


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handcrack wrote:
Which makes them the ideal piece to get rid of
as bail gear!

Except that you have to carry them and are not likely to be able to use them when you need to!


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I used them decades ago, probably late 70's. Not the worst piece of gear ever made (personally I thought the Forrest Titons were) but not a great piece either. I'd leave them at home for a personal gear museum. Not worth carrying around given modern gear.


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willy_p_wyld wrote:
... camlocks... how do you place these things?

Place with one hand, while holding other hand underneath to catch it when it falls out.

The camming action just doesn't work. If you can slot it as a passive chock behind a constriction it will stay, but that's true of a machine nut on a piece of cord isn't it? I wouldn't bother climbing with camlocks, hang them on the wall as decoration.


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handcrack wrote:
Which makes them the ideal piece to get rid of
as bail gear!
Did end up using a #3 and #4 to bail on a sketchy mixed route last weekend. Ill admit that placing them was a job, but once they were in they were bomber! Other than a couple of realy big pins they were the only pieces that wanted to hold in the poor rock we found. Glad I brought them!


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willy_p_wyld wrote:
handcrack wrote:
Which makes them the ideal piece to get rid of
as bail gear!
Did end up using a #3 and #4 to bail on a sketchy mixed route last weekend. Ill admit that placing them was a job, but once they were in they were bomber! Other than a couple of realy big pins they were the only pieces that wanted to hold in the poor rock we found. Glad I brought them!

Booty!

Post up the coordinates and you got a geo cache race for trinkets.


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johnwesely wrote:
They don't work and are easily the worst piece of pro ever made.

+1

It boggles the mind the idea ever made it to production.

BTW, if you really want to get rid of them, I suggest mailing them to me. I'd love to set some of them on lead as a gag.

No whippers, though.


anarkhos


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Actually, I take that back.

The worst piece of pro ever made was the CLOG stopper. I bootied one and tried to place it countless times without success.


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