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BFC's [Big F*ckin' Cams] for El Capitan

BFC's [Big F*ckin' Cams] for El Capitan



PETE AND TOM'S

SCORCHED EARTH PHOTO ESSAY

This is where it all begins! Welcome to "Camp 5", the "Yosemite Branch Office" of me - Dr. Piton - in the centre of the Curry Village Parking Lot. Tom and I used the BFC's [Big F*ckin' Cams] you see here for our successful ascent of Excalibur on El Capitan in May of 2002. They were so bitchin', we used them again for Scorched Earth in September.

In this photo essay trip report of our trip up Scorched Earth, you can assume that whomever has submitted the photo is the one who's doin' the talkin', but we'll let you know when we interrupt each other. [But like, if you "get it", you'll probably know when I'm the one talking, eh? We will also give you a [HINT] from time to time.]

From left to right, "Pass the Pitons" Pete Zabrok, Nathan Chaszeyka [Natec] and Tom Kasper [Apollodorus]. Tom designed and manufactures these bitchin' 9" and 12" cams, and you can click here to open the Valley Giant website in a new browser window.

Photo by Lisa Reedy

Please click here to start the photo essay, eh?

Rating:Average Rating = 4.25/5 | Votes: 11 | Comments: 10

Submitted by: passthepitonspete on 2002-06-08 | Views: 3234

Comment jmlangford on 2002-06-08
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Dang Tom, You weren't kidding about those cams! I want to know, did anyone take a whipper on them?
Comment 5 out of 5 stars passthepitonspete on 2002-06-08
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No whippers, but Tom <b>has</b> tested his cams to failure, which I believe was in the approximately 5000+ pound range, making them more than twice as strong as commercially manufactured cams.<br>

<br>When Tom gets back on line in a few days, he'll be able to give you his empirical data, and link you to his website.<br><br>
Comment duskerhu on 2002-06-08
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Comment duskerhu on 2002-06-08
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FHUT the WUCK!!! Now THATS a RACK!!! What some guys won't do to climb a crack. Groove on boys!
Comment beyond_gravity on 2002-06-09
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how much does one of them bitchs weight??!! and dont they walk like hell?
Comment 5 out of 5 stars passthepitonspete on 2002-06-09
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These machines are <b>superb.</b> They did not walk at all.<br>

<br>Tom'll be on line in another day or two and can give you the weight specs. The Valley Giants rock!<br>
Comment 5 out of 5 stars apollodorus on 2002-06-10
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Yeah, they are a bit heavy. About 950 grams for the #9 and 1100 for the #12. The #12 is more stable in a crack than a #5 Camalot because the cams have less lateral slop. The only whipper I took was an intentional one when cleaning a pin on a long traverse. Instead of leaving it and lowering off, I clipped it and knocked it out. I swung/fell 30' onto a #4 Camalot that pulled out, twisted sideways and then jammed its axle bolt in a lower constriction in the crack. Now THAT'S a dangerous piece of gear to fall on!
Comment 5 out of 5 stars passthepitonspete on 2002-06-10
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Ha! I remember that one! The piece I left for you on the penultimate pitch of Excalibur. That was pretty amazing how that #4 Camalot rotated 90 degrees, yet still held your fall.<br>

<br>Tom's <b>Valley Giants</b> are just superb!
Comment ultraorange on 2003-01-09
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holy shiznit
Comment atg200 on 2003-02-04
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mine don't walk and are wonderful after i modified what i consider the dangerous trigger wires supplied with them. great engineering.