At the mo ive just got all my nuts on a large solid gate Karabiner, this is ok for the easier routes im doing now as a beginner but I could imagine it being hard to get one nut out of a bunch with only one hand and not risk dropping some down a crag.
If you are that bothered about losing them off a single karabiner then split them as mentioned above (JP). Another option is to put all your even numbers on one krab, and odds on another krab. That way if do drop one krab at least you will have a good spread of sizes. Mind you, you'll need to be good at judging what size you want when you reach for either krab.
Also, I'm more in favour of a krab with a nose, that's due to the fact that a couple of times I've had a nut slip and catch on it and thereby avoid several of them following. Plus I was climbing with someone who had clean nose krabs for his nuts, and I was thanking my lucky stars I was wearing a helmet the day I got showered by a handful of his nuts.
The system I've settled on, after for a long time separating them into small, medium and large is to spread them out on to four crabs. So I have large and small Wallnuts on two, and large and small Rocks on the other two. That way, if I were to be clumsy enough to drop one crab with all its nuts I won't have completely lost all of that range of sizes. However, as a beginner you may not have enough nuts to warrant 4 crabs, so my contribution probably isn't much help.
The single thing most important thing that I learned relatively recently is that I find it far easier to pick the right size out of a bunch if they all face the same way. Order doesn't matter, but direction does. If only I'd worked that out thirty years ago instead of just a few years ago.
It may just be me, of course. I may sit to the stranger side of normal on the autistic spectrum.....
> If in doubt place the nut, clip and then remove the rest with the krab as you pass the gear.
A good 16 years ago a friend was leading the second pitch of a route in the lakes. He did exactly as you say above and intended to pick up the Krabs and nuts as he climbed passed. After 20 feet of desperate climbing and rain starting to fall he decided to place another nut. He fumbled around unable to find his nuts. He shouted down to me asking if I could see his Krabs and nuts. Yes I said, they're dangling 15 feet beneath you on that last bit of gear. He finished the climb but with somewhat less gear placed than recommended.
I have some decent sized keylock solid gate krabs for racking my nuts. My standard single pitch set up is one for sizes 1 to 5 with the odd micro thrown in and one for sizes 6 to 11. If it's a long and nutty pitch I also have a krab of alloy offsets and a krab full of tiny micros that hopefully never have to be used.
Agreed, but OCD tends to make most people (including me) rack them up all facing the same way anyway.
I have a combination of Peenuts, Wallnuts and offsets on 3 Krabs. Seems to work quite well.
Peenuts and 1-2 wallnuts on one crab, 3-7 wallnuts + offsets 7-9 on the seccond, and wallnuts 8-11 + offsets 10-11 on the 3rd.
I toyed with a 4th Krab but this clutters your harness a bit increases the chance that you dont pull out the right se first time.
When you have doubled up on nuts you might need 6 krabs- 3 on left/right gear loops, so you can reach with either hand with ease while desperately hanging on!!! I also split quickdraws on harness for same reason. On long pitches I always seem to need (at least) 2 pieces the same size!!
In reply to ow arm: You'll find a way that works for you.
I use ovals, the nuts hang better in a bunch.
I have 3 carabiners normally, smalls (micros - 4), mediums (4-7) and large (7-10). I like to carry brass micros etc on the same carabiner as the smalls, having micros on yet another carabiner seems like a faff to me when they're such a similar range to the smalls. I also make sure that there's an overlap between the 3 carabiners, I'm more likely to be able to use the first one I grab then.
Split between these 3 are a couple of sets of nuts, set of alloy offsets and a set of brass offsets. I don't carry the full 2 sets of nuts, but I have them around in case I need them.
If I'm doing a long easy route/alpine climbing where I've stripped down the rack a bit I might carry 2 carabiners with a half set on each (odds on one, evens another). This just means that I don't drop all my nuts in a certain size range if I fumble.
Oval carabiners with a nose. Small, medium, large (bass micros on a separate carabiner). Use different coloured electrical tape to mark the three carabiners and use the same coloured tape to mark the corresponding nuts. This makes re-racking on a multipitch much faster even for the second whose rack it isn't. No more "do you carry the 6 with the 7, or with the 5" type conversations.
At the top of the route just dump the wires into coloured piles and scoop them up and onto the corresponding carabiners.
When leading you can just look down and grab the right set by its colour. No more trying to find which carabiner holds the medium nuts.
It is hard to describe how much difference this makes!
One thing to consider is the route length. On grit its very rare you need to carry more than a single set which reduces clutter considerably. Basically choose the amount of stuff you carry to suit the route.
On longer routes, split between multiple krabs using the system of your choice.
I've done the "clip the rope with all the nuts still attached" thing enough times now to have learned not to do it. Seems a good idea at the time, when you are scared, but it ALWAYS seems to be a real pain to get the other krab. Sometimes, indeed, to the point where I consider leaving the whole lot behind! I wouldn't recommend it.
I'm nothing like as organised as some on here. I just rack my wires onto two separate old krabs. Half with small to medium sized nuts and half with medium to large sized nuts.
I certainly wouldn't use a gated krab for racking - too fiddly to use one handed. I keep the wire on the racking krab whilst placing the nut, then unclip the wire, and reclip the racking krab to my gear loop before clipping the placed wire and threading the rope. This reduces the risk of dropping anything from a single wire and nut to the whole bunch.
The other advantages of spreading your nuts over several Krabs (I just know there is a joke in there somewhere) are a) it helps to spread the load on the belt for comfort and ease of access if nothing else. and b) you always have some gear within reach for those occasions where you are locked off with one hand and need the other to get the gear. Reaching around a belt is no fun in extremis
Yep - I'm another one of those with a very precise system that has worked well for me for the last ten years or so. 4 racking krabs for standard nuts (all Rocks in my case). 10,9,8,7 / 9,8,7,6,5 / 6,5,5,4,4,3 / 4,3,3,2,2,1,1. And one racking krab for brass offset micros (which overlap Rocks 1 and 2). This way I equalise the weights on each krab. I also have sufficient overlap that I'm unlikely to pick the wrong rack for the crack I'm staring at and if I drop a rack I've still got at least one full set (as long as I haven't placed too many runners by then of course).
My racking krabs are DMM featherlights from the 80's. Still one of the lightest krabs around, but pulled by the manufacturer (as I understand it) for not passing gate open tests in the late 80's and definitely only psychological if I had to use one now - they stay on the harness!
> At the mo ive just got all my nuts on a large solid gate Karabiner, this is ok for the easier routes im doing now as a beginner but I could imagine it being hard to get one nut out of a bunch with only one hand and not risk dropping some down a crag.
> How do you carry yours - any tips for a novice?
As many people said, Micro, Small, medium and large nuts on four separate BD ovals. I used to put everything on one krab but despite being compact it's just too fiddly to use, and if you drop it you are in the s**t.
Made me smile reading about everyone's quirky ways of doing this! For me after trying oval wire gates and not getting on with them, it is now three solid gate clean nosed snap gates carrying small medium and large.
The only little nugget I could possibly add, is that depending on the route (I do mostly one or two pitch, limestone sea cliff trad) when reading the route, I try to think about the gear as well as the moves / sequence. There are obviously limitations to this but if there are obvious placements to be seen from the belay, I will move the appropriate set to where they are close at hand. It puts you in a good frame of mind when you set off with purpose to a good placement you had already scoped out and on reaching it, with the right gear to hand, you place it with minimal faff and can crack on.
Also any trip to Swanage only ever involves the four smallest Camalots and plenty of wires vs on a trip to Stanage, a full set of Tech friends gets dragged along!