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By Aric Datesman
Oct 16, 2012

Anthony Milano wrote:
When the "umbrella affect" occurs it is usually because of user error...


No, it's ***ALWAYS*** user error.

To put it simply, look at the math.... on a very basic level, cams are simply variable width stoppers, with a couple very goofy limitations WRT placement... they tend to move at the slightest provocation, can walk their way out of a placement, have no holding power when tipped out due to limited bearing area on the lobes.... which can lead to the cam "umbrella-ing" as the tips of the lobes yield...

I simply don't understand why people think they're the end all be all of climbing gear, as cams have just as many limitations as anything else, if not more.


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By Ray Pinpillage
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Oct 16, 2012
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