/ cam's or nuts?
I dont think its a 'one or the other' decision. Nuts are generally the basis of your rack, cams are nice to have in addition, but not essential.
If you dont have anything at all, start with nuts, and add cams later.
If you are talking about the first thing you buy.
An interesting post! Nuts is the obvious answer, but a little too obvious.
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Nuts. Simples. You can protect most routes with nuts only. Cams are nice, but I often don't place any on a route (I mostly climb limestone tho).
most routes you'll ever climb were put up before cams. Nuts are a priority and the mainstay of your rack.
I thought so too. A strange choice of subject for a troll post though, a double bluff?
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If I could only have cams or nuts... I'd pick cams.
But a cam can cost and weigh as much as a set of nuts, so nuts definitely have the weight and cost advantage.
What??? Really? On what basis?
Parallel sided cracks.
Also quicker to place and clean, fits in with my aid ambitions.
I live in a different part of the world, around me is mostly coarse granite and sandstone (sometimes has more in common with sand than stone, but the weak stuff tends to be bolted).
If everyone here is saying nuts, then that's probably the best option. But...If your partners are already endowed with plenty of nuts, a set of cams may be rather welcome.
I don't think should be an or decision. I think both is best, but I imagine you're constrained by money in which case nuts give you more pro per dollar.
I find climbing gear easy to cost justify, if having a set of X is going to make me hitting the ground less likely, I get it. Medical bills quickly overtake the cost of climbing gear.
Then I offer my apologies :) though the OP did seem a bit of a silly question...
Best answer might be "buy what you need to supplement you and your partner's rack based on the type of rock/routes you climb"
A set of basic Rocks is about the price of one cam give or take the cost of a loaf of bread