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By NC Rock Climber
From The Oven, AKA Phoenix
Oct 15, 2012
tanuki

I want to buy a #6 Friend. I know that WC stopped making them for a while, then after the launch of the Helium Friend line they reintroduced them under the name "New Friend." A few retailers in the US had them for a while. I tried to buy one today from Back Country Gear, and they told me that it appears that Wild Country has stopped making them again and that the #5 and #6 will not be available again until 2013.

My question for those of you with awesome internet shopping skills or first hand knowledge is, where can I buy a #6 New Friend today? Any help would be greatly appreciated!


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By John Wilder
From Las Vegas, NV
Oct 15, 2012

You'll have to watch the for sale forums or craigslist- they discontinued the old #6 as I suspect they are prepping for the Helium version of it.

its a supply issue on the lobes for them- they buy enough for a certain number of cams and once they're gone, they have to wait until the next year. i suspect they had planned on having enough to get through 2012 and into 2013, but perhaps the Wide Boys boosted big cams sales for them!


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By Sam Stephens
Oct 16, 2012
Top half of Melifluous

www.mtntools.com/cat/rclimb/cams/wildcountrytechfriends.htm


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By NC Rock Climber
From The Oven, AKA Phoenix
Oct 16, 2012
tanuki

Hey Sam! I actually called Mtn Tools today. They are out. They said that WC will be shipping them later this year / early next year. Mtn Tools currently has a waiting list for when they do get the them in.


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By Allen Corneau
From Houston, TX
Oct 17, 2012

Tried Backcountry yet?

www.backcountry.com/wild-country-tech-friends

[Edit: only #5, not #6.]


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By Eric and Lucie
From Boulder, CO
Oct 17, 2012

Wilsons Eastside Sports in Bishop, CA had a couple earlier this summer... no online ordering but you can call and they'll ship


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By Matt N
From Santa Barbara, CA
Oct 17, 2012
OTL

^ yep, that reminds me, I saw one or two there and also Nomad Ventures in Joshua Tree.


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By NC Rock Climber
From The Oven, AKA Phoenix
Oct 17, 2012
tanuki

WINNER!!!

Thanks Matt N! I just got off the phone with Nomad in JT and they had one left. I called all over the US looking for this thing and am happy to find one. I cannot wait to go out and scratch it up.


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By Matt N
From Santa Barbara, CA
Oct 17, 2012
OTL

NC Rock Climber wrote:
WINNER!!! Thanks Matt N! I just got off the phone with Nomad in JT and they had one left. I called all over the US looking for this thing and am happy to find one. I cannot wait to go out and scratch it up.


Cool, just don't be cursing me when you're actually using the thing - remember you're the one who asked for it.


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