BaronVonBergschrund wrote:sstrauss wrote:BaronVonBergschrund wrote:What areas and type of climbing are you typically doing and what gear do you have already?
Eldo, Lumpy, RMNP...the usual suspects for the Front Range. Spending most of the time on Wind Tower so far.
BD stoppers #4 - #13
C4 .5, .75, 1, 2
For the top end, buy a #3 Camalot. I would not rack more than a #3 in the areas you listed unless I know I might need bigger gear. Eventually you may want a #4. The #3 comes in useful in many areas on the Front Range and is not terribly heavy to carry with you.
For smaller cams, I would buy a #0.4 Camalot, a Yellow, Blue, Purple and Grey Metolius Mastercam. These are the same sizes as TCUs, but have 4 lobes and are syringe style which makes them easier to place in places like Eldo. This selection gives you a continuous range of cams.
No cam blows out because it is ineffective, cams only blow out due to poor placements. The only exception to this statement might be the Alien failures and possibly the OP Link Cam failures. Please do not buy Link Cams, they deserve to be discontinued.
If you start doing harder routes in Eldo, buy a set of the Black Diamond Micro Stoppers.
Most of my climbing is at North Table Mountain, Eldo, or Castlewood Canyon. I currently have a set of BD stoppers #1 - #13. Should I get a set of flex-stemmed, syringe-style, spring-loaded cams, like the BD Camalots or the latest Friends, or should I spend far less money and get some (passive) CAMP tri-cams?
Thanks in advance.