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Offline spydr226

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basic rack
« on: June 12, 2003, 10:37:21 AM »
what would a good basic trad rack consist of?
if any1 could help me on this, please reply

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Re: basic rack
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2003, 10:55:09 AM »
My rack is bigger than this, but also bigger than what I need:

Set of stoppers

pink, red, brown tricams

green/blue aliens, or yellow/blue/orange tcus

set of medium to medium large friends or camalots

15 draws, at least two xtra long

That's it.  It will set you back quite a bit, but it'll be worth it...
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Re: basic rack
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2003, 01:55:56 PM »
check out the article "Of racks & Ropes" in the archive section. that should help.

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Re: basic rack
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2004, 12:59:31 PM »
I have more gear than this but this is what I use most of the time:

- 1 set of stoppers (double on #7-10 very useful)
- metolius tcu #1, 2, 3
- BD camalot #0.5-3
- WC friend #4
- 6 tripled draws and 6 other separate shoulder lenght slings

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Re: basic rack
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2004, 01:36:44 PM »
Another bit of advice...  dogboy restricting the tri-cams to the pink, red, and brown ones is good advice.  i have found any tri-cam larger than the brown one to be unstable and useful only in unique/rare circumstances.

If you are just learning to lead, try walking along the bottom of a cliff setting up belay anchors and placing gear in general.  Bring some sling you can clip to your placements and bounce test them with your body weight (be careful doing this with small wired nuts though, you might not get them back)  Learn to place gear with one hand and strive to choose an appropriate piece the first time, instead of repeatedly experimenting with various sizes until one fits.


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Re: basic rack
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2004, 06:01:08 AM »
     When I started out I used some of the larger hexes to supplement my cams.  On easier ground its possible to get hexes in, and nothing feels more bomber than a huge ass hex set in camming mode.  
     Large forged friends rule instead of more spendy camalots etc.  For the price, nothing beats a #4 forged friend.  The smaller ones aren't as good because the rigid stem gets in the way, but on the large ones the solid stem never seems to be a problem on horizontal placements.  I only wish they made them bigger than #4.  
    Tri cams are great to have in new england and sometimes work where nothing else will.   In addition to my pink and red I carry the purple.  Its just a great size and if set well isn't unstable.  
     I agree that is good to be an expert with everything you own before you leave the ground, because once you have a little air under your heels it seems like every piece sucks at first.  

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