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By JoshuaJones
From Albuquerque
Nov 10, 2012
Rapping from the top.

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.


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By cattrampkid
Nov 10, 2012

It depends if you need the money or not. There will be a time and place for them if you keep climbing different kinds of rock.


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By Rafe
Nov 10, 2012
hardman

No you dont need offsets to be a decent and well equipped free climber.


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By Rob Warden, Space Lizard
From Springdale Ut
Nov 11, 2012
blah

Depends where i use offset aliens all the time in zion...but offset nuts are great everywhere.


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By rock_fencer
From Columbia, SC
Nov 11, 2012
Myself placing a a blue/yellow offset MC to protect between Bolt 2/3 just post crux . <br /> <br />Picture credit goes to eric Singleton, and many thanks to Josh Bagget for the great belay.

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


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By Bob Dobalina
Nov 13, 2012

I carry my offset nuts with me for most free climbing but the offset cams stay packed away with my aid climbing gear.


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By sanz
From Raleigh, NC
Nov 13, 2012
One of my first trad leads, on Ooga Chocka at Crowder's Mountain.

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


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By csproul
From Rancho Cordova, CA
Nov 13, 2012
Summit of Wolf's Head with Pingora in the background

Offsets work pretty awesome in the eyebrows at Looking Glass.


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By Jake Jones
From The Eastern Flatlands
Nov 13, 2012
Me and the offspring walking back to the car after a day of cragging.

csproul wrote:
Offsets work pretty awesome in the eyebrows at Looking Glass.


And in flaring pin scars in granite. I really have to go to LG.


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By sanz
From Raleigh, NC
Nov 13, 2012
One of my first trad leads, on Ooga Chocka at Crowder's Mountain.

Jake Jones wrote:
And in flaring pin scars in granite. I really have to go to LG.


Likewise. I was even noticing a bunch of good offset placements in the sandstone up at the New this weekend. Hmmmm JoshuaJones if you decide to sell 'em hit me up...


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By JoshuaJones
From Albuquerque
Nov 13, 2012
Rapping from the top.

I posted them on MP for sale. I have someone interested in the set. If it falls thru I will let you know for sure. Thanks for all the insight;)


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By JoshuaJones
From Albuquerque
Dec 2, 2012
Rapping from the top.

If you could only have 3 sizes of offset aliens for free climbing what sizes would they be(or even doubles). Christmas is nigh and I'm thinking of some alien hybrids;)


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By chosspector
From San Juans, CO
Dec 2, 2012

yellow/grey is my favorite piece. green/yellow, blue/green also are useful


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By Shelton Hatfield
From Austin, Texas
Dec 2, 2012
Photo by Damien

Blue/green, green/yellow, yellow/red
My $0.02


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By mattm
From TX
Dec 2, 2012
Grande Grotto

Shelton Hatfield wrote:
Blue/green, green/yellow, yellow/red My $0.02


This. These three sizes are must haves in my opinion.


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By JoshuaJones
From Albuquerque
Dec 3, 2012
Rapping from the top.

Thanks. I'm probably going to go with basic cams for the sizes that I can get & fill the gaps with aliens.


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