/ How many Cams
Do many people double up on the more frequently used units. I've never bothered but then I have also been accused of not carrying enough gear at times. :-)
0.25, 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2 and 2.5 for everything (friend sizes, although they're a mixed bunch and the 2.5 is the BD equivalent which goes a touch larger)
I used to get by for years with 1.5, 2 and 2.5
In the general way (assuming longish unknown pitches) I used to carry 0.5, 1, 2 x 1.5, 2 x 2, 2 x 2.5, 3 and 3.5, plus a couple of Aliens and a 4 if the route looked suitable for it.
These days I just rack up with what my partner hands me.
I don't climb E2 but I own 14 cams two of those are too large for most routes, of the remaining 12, 3 of them are doubles and I only carry them on some grit or occasionally multi pitch routes. For most routes I carry 9 cams (two are micros of the same size as WC 00 and 0).
> I used to get by for years with 1.5, 2 and 2.5
I used to get by without any :-)
Don't sell them. Take up aid climbing. I've just packed >50 cams in the haul bag for next week in Yosemite.
> Don't sell them. Take up aid climbing. I've just packed >50 cams in the haul bag for next week in Yosemite.
Or take as many to Indian Creek.
> I used to get by without any :-)
So did everybody who climbed in 1978.
I also try to climb with none if possible.
No bruised thighs or tangles and so light.
9 total (2 are micro's) but would encourage partner to take 2 or 3 for belays .
I should have added, I'm taking about typical UK trad, not endless, soaring Utah cracks.
In addition, I might take any of, or all of, a friend 3, small cams at 0 and 00, or a spare 1.5 if the route was long, or MP or involved wide/small cracks.
I've that selection without the 0.75, and carry friends 1.5 and 2 instead to add an extra in the mid sizes.
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