I'm still new to trad climbing and am wondering if offsets are useful for free climbing. I have a set of offset mastercams from0/1 to the largest size which I think is a 4/5. Should I sell them or keep them for when I get more experience. I've heard they are only useful for places like Yosemite. Any input is appreciated.
offsets are a great addition once you have put some mileage on gear and learn the ins and outs of placements....there are probably more obvious pieces of gear you may want to acquire like doubles if you do not already have some in the major sizes (fingers, hands etc...)
that beign said i always carry my two offsets when i free climb...offset nuts are also very awesome
Depends on the kind of rock / placement. The rock around here tends to be pretty featured and irregular. I have a buddy who swears that 90% of cam placements around here would be just as good or better with an offset... plus the placements that you can ONLY get with offsets. I have to say I think he's probably right. When climbing anything but splitters, it would probably be pretty sweet to have your doubles be offsets. Of course, that is pure conjecture. I haven't placed an offset cam in my life.
Edit for clarity: I mean carry one set of standard cams and one set of offsets