They've saved my bacon a couple times now...
Review by: brandom, 2010-06-07
I've been building out my rack for a while; the Gold was my first cam, ever. I toyed with it for backing up anchors. Then I bought my C4 set and augmented the kit with the Green link cam. For a while I thought, hmm, did I really need those Link Cams? The C4s get placed first...
Well, some more climbing under my belt, with a few close calls, and I'm a convert. Those Omega Link Cams will *never* be leaving my rack!
Aside from the normal "holy smokes, I'm kinda pumped, and kinda fumbling" use that the links see, there are now two additional uses that have totally sold me on the brilliance of these pieces.
1) Down-leading. A surprise rain storm drove my partner and I off the second pitch of a climb. Of course, down-climbing in the rain is not all that nice. Solution? Gold Link in hand, placing it in near anything that will take it. Result? Moving down the climb with confidence! No fumbling for a new cam every other move; just pull that high piece and slam it in low.
2) "Gear runout". Missed a belay spot and ran out of gear. High on the climb, with a Gold C4 at my feet and nothing on my rack that'll fit in the cracks running the next 35 feet. Awkward nut placements off to the side can't get good visual positive, can't build an anchor, time running out. Out comes the panic piece - the Gold Link. Slam it into that awkward nut-rejecting crack, downclimb to the C4, yank out the link, seat it in next to that C4, sliding X, done. Lower. Get gear. Send.
The Green Link has seen plenty of use too, especially towards the end of a climb where my C4s are gone and I'm pumped.
Now if only there was a link in the 3-5" range! Heck it wouldn't need 3 links, I'd be quiet happy with 2 if it meant it covered the range of the 3+4 C4!