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By Tim Zander
Aug 13, 2012

Vaughne wrote:
I've never heard anyone say that before. Typo?


Oops, meant hexes are waste of space and money


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By Jsimpson
Aug 14, 2012

I love my metolius curved hexes and use them a enough to warrant having them.


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By bearbreeder
Aug 14, 2012

get cams instead to start off ... hexes are generally for alpine, winter, or moderate routes ...

if you plan on climbing hard eventually, youll get more out of cams in the long run

if you buy hexes, just buy a set off some old geezer for really cheap ... tons of people have unused hexes that they never used very much ...


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By daniel c
From San Francisco, CA
Aug 14, 2012

I would estimate my cam to passive gear (nuts, hexes) placement ratio is 4:1. Thus, I would save the money and stock up on cams. That said, if you want a deal on a set of virtually unused hexes, send me a PM.


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By tooTALLtim
From Boulder, CO
Aug 14, 2012
Me on Land of Ra, Cadillac Crag, Eldorado. <br /> <br />Thanks for the picture Craig Muderlak!

I like to climb alpine with a single set of cams and hexes. They're bomber in cracks, lighter than a double set of cams, and much cheaper to leave when you need to bail.

Took 5 along in RMNP this weekend, and used at least one on every pitch, and typically every anchor. Saves the cams for the leader. Ditto on tricams.


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By Paul Davidson
Aug 14, 2012

It's very difficult to a cowboy a cam up into a high placement and then trust it. OTOH, a hex like that can be bomber.

most other arguments for and against have been said


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By Crag Dweller
From New York, NY
Aug 14, 2012
My navigator keeps me from getting lost

Get hexes. You'll be happy and you'll make Christopher Walken happy.


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By Jake Jones
From Richmond, VA
Aug 14, 2012
Me and the offspring walking back to the car after a day of cragging.

With vimeo, I just copy the URL and paste and it works. It's been a while since I posted a youtube vid, so I don't remember.


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By Chris treggE
Administrator
From Madison, WI
Aug 14, 2012
This problem haunted my dreams for 6 years after failing to send in 2008.  Finally got to try it again -- now I can sleep.  Photo Darin Limvere.

SlowTrad wrote:
They are nice for building top rope anchors at Devil's Lake, WI, which is Baraboo Quartzite that is uber low friction.


Yup. I used to use them a lot before I aquired my current arsenal of cams, but now they mostly get taken out of my pack for TR or rap-in setups at the lake. I got my set of hexes for free though, and if you can swing a deal like that, it's totally worth the money to get some.


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By Larry S
Aug 14, 2012
The wife and I road-trippin on the Connie.

Chris treggE wrote:
I got my set of hexes for free though, and if you can swing a deal like that, it's totally worth the money to get some.


I got an old used set of BD's for free. Re-slung them and ditched all but the largest 4. Tricams are way better in the smaller sizes. I used them a lot when i was starting out, but for the most part they stay in the gear locker now. When i was a beginner, i liked them alot because it gave me extra placement options and a well placed hex is very confidence inspiring. Now, being more confident, climbing a bit harder, and having expanded my rack some, i don't bring them out unless I know I'll need extra gear. If i lost them tomorrow i wouldn't go out and replace them, but they had their place and I'll keep those i have around.


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By Matt Kuehl
From the desert
Aug 14, 2012
Plumbers Crack

Matt N wrote:
Tricams.


+1


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By highnoonhilltopper
Aug 14, 2012
j tree

Matt Kuehl wrote:
+1

You are such a die hard Tricam junkie


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By MattB
Aug 14, 2012

Yeah, tricams are pretty boss, once you learn to place and clean them.
Hexes are great too, especially the bigger sizes, where cams are both pricey and heavy

I avoid most of the annoying cowbelling by knotting my hexes on ever bigger loops, zo they don't clang, and doubling over the #10 & #11, which are on quite long loops.


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By SlowTrad
From St Paul, MN
Aug 16, 2012

Early in my climbing apprenticeship (80's) I climbed exclusively with older, pre-cam climbers. All of them used hexes of one sort or another. Hence I learned to use and trust hexes. I can spot a perfect hex placement very quickly and can pick the right size off my rack first time (most of the time). Same with a tricam.

That being said, I hardly ever carry them now, because I have a double set of Camalots, and at least another full rack of HB's/WC/Metolius/Alien's....they are WAY easier for your second to remove, especially my wife.

The DMM Torque nuts look intriging, and if I were in the market now, that is what I would get.


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By YDPL8S
From Santa Monica, Ca.
Aug 16, 2012
Korea 1 1975

Has anybody said anything about the wonderful "wind chime" effect when the big sizes are banging against each other? I used to love that, made me feel very Buddhist.


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By Morgan Patterson
Administrator
Aug 16, 2012
Stoked...

I'm an EC climber... I carry one large fist size hex. Large piece of gear - very light and cheap. Works great on moderate routes. I never really climb with it though... since most the stuff i get on aint fist sized.


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By climber pat
From Las Cruces, NM
Aug 16, 2012

FYI, ebay is banning the sale of hexes. :)


news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57494848-1/ebay-to-ban-sales-of>>>


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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Aug 16, 2012
Bocan

climber pat wrote:
FYI, ebay is banning the sale of hexes. :) news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57494848-1/ebay-to-ban-sales-of>>>



Harry Potter fans all over will be dissapointed.


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By Gunks Jesse
From Shawangunk Township, NY
Jun 2, 2014
Tetonia

I have some hexcentrics for sale if you want to pick some up for cheap. They need reslung, which is cheap, but are in good shape. PM me for details.


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By Doug Wolfe
From NJ
Jun 2, 2014

Get the DMM torque nuts they are the shit!! I use em almost all the time. Plus they are extendable


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By hikingdrew
From Los Angeles, CA
Jun 2, 2014
dorky helmet

+1 for torque nuts. I like them for anchor building and placements in coarse gravelly rock.. Rack them with the top loop as well to cut down the cowbell factor..


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By Zappatista
Jun 3, 2014
Book me, officer.

I said fuck it and bought five sizes of actual cowbells from a south of the border percussion shop. Dunno what they hold as far as falls but I can shimmy out some Santana beats if I really twerk it.


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By JacksonLandFill
From Maryland
Jun 3, 2014
not everyone smiles

SexPanther aka Kiedis wrote:
I said fuck it and bought five sizes of actual cowbells from a south of the border percussion shop. Dunno what they hold as far as falls but I can shimmy out some Santana beats if I really twerk it.


Hysterical mental image.


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By benjamin steidinger
Jul 23, 2014

Zappatista wrote:
I said fuck it and bought five sizes of actual cowbells from a south of the border percussion shop. Dunno what they hold as far as falls but I can shimmy out some Santana beats if I really twerk it.



Thank you for making the last 2 hours of work a whole lot more enjoyable imagining you twerkin it out. Thumbs up!


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By Zappatista
Jul 24, 2014
Book me, officer.

Man, people like that comment. Imagine if I was saying something useful?

Not gonna happen. I got a horrible case of Ellenoritis, using topical cream to work on it.


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