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Nov 10, 2012
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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. JoshuaJones
From Albuquerque
Joined Jul 13, 2011
201 points
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. cattrampkid
Joined Mar 30, 2009
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Nov 10, 2012
hardman
No you dont need offsets to be a decent and well equipped free climber. Rafe
Joined May 5, 2009
555 points
Nov 11, 2012
blah
Depends where i use offset aliens all the time in zion...but offset nuts are great everywhere. Rob Warden, Space Lizard
From Springdale Ut
Joined Dec 19, 2011
46 points
Nov 11, 2012
Myself placing a a blue/yellow offset MC to protec...
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
rock_fencer
From Columbia, SC
Joined Dec 20, 2009
253 points
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. Bob Dobalina
Joined Jun 2, 2009
178 points
Nov 13, 2012
One of my first trad climbs, Ooga Chocka at Crowde...
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
sanz
From Raleigh, NC
Joined Nov 7, 2011
279 points
Nov 13, 2012
Cold day at Smug's
Offsets work pretty awesome in the eyebrows at Looking Glass. csproul
From Davis, CA
Joined Dec 3, 2009
218 points
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Nov 13, 2012
Me and the offspring walking back to the car after...
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.
Jake Jones
From Richmond, VA
Joined Jul 30, 2011
1,126 points
Nov 13, 2012
One of my first trad climbs, Ooga Chocka at Crowde...
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...
sanz
From Raleigh, NC
Joined Nov 7, 2011
279 points
Nov 13, 2012
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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;) JoshuaJones
From Albuquerque
Joined Jul 13, 2011
201 points
Dec 2, 2012
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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;) JoshuaJones
From Albuquerque
Joined Jul 13, 2011
201 points
Dec 2, 2012
yellow/grey is my favorite piece. green/yellow, blue/green also are useful chosspector
From San Juans, CO
Joined Oct 19, 2008
1,300 points
Dec 2, 2012
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Blue/green, green/yellow, yellow/red
My $0.02
Shelton Hatfield
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Dec 2, 2012
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Shelton Hatfield wrote:
Blue/green, green/yellow, yellow/red My $0.02


This. These three sizes are must haves in my opinion.
mattm
From TX
Joined Jun 2, 2006
1,238 points
Dec 3, 2012
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Thanks. I'm probably going to go with basic cams for the sizes that I can get & fill the gaps with aliens. JoshuaJones
From Albuquerque
Joined Jul 13, 2011
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