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By Amir-Ch
From Moab
Feb 15, 2014
30 seconds over potash, first time ever climbing a real rock.

My cam got stuck in a crack, up the Ice Cream Parlor, Moab UT, on the first easy crack on the left, The Corner Crack.

I live in Moab and anyone recovers it will be rewarded!

It's a blue X-Climb cam


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By Calvino
From Bellingham, WA
Feb 15, 2014
getting ready for the final roof series

BOOTY!

Just kidding... Try dousing it with water and coming back the next day. On sandstone you can often get some movement this way. Bring a couple nut tools and wire a coat hanger too


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By clay meier
Feb 15, 2014
Thats Me

I assume that, living in moab, you know that dousing it in water is a terrible idea and will perminately damage the rock. If it absolutely won't move, cut it out with a hack saw... Or just leave it for someone more determined.


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By DannyUncanny
From Vancouver
Feb 15, 2014

Eh, if it's a toss up between scratching the rock on the inside of a crack, or not getting my $50 piece of aluminum back, I would scratch the rock.


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By Chris Schmidt
From Moab/SW CO
Feb 15, 2014

Your lucky no one is going to want to booty a climb-x cam.


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By Amir-Ch
From Moab
Feb 16, 2014
30 seconds over potash, first time ever climbing a real rock.

heh!!! What is wrong with a X Cam??! I don't mind anyone taking it! It is a trophy of an easy climb!


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By ChefMattThaner
From Lakewood, co
Feb 16, 2014
ducking ropes at Copper

X-climb cam.... Yeah you should probably just forget about it. That's $25 you will never see again.


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By JeffL
From Salt Lake City
Feb 16, 2014

There's a reason those cams are so much cheaper than other brands. They don't have a cam stop on the trigger and they walk really easily if they are given the chance. I had a trango flex cam do the same thing, took me 10 minutes to remove by individually working the lobes with my fingers. Please do NOT use water and ruin the rock over a cheap "off brand" cam.


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By Garret Nuzzo-Jones
From Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 16, 2014
Cleaning up in Jenny Lake.

So, why would just putting a little water in damage the rock? Just from wiggling the cam on wet sandstone?

Also, is it better to just leave a stuck cam in the crack forever instead of damaging the rock some?


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By Amir-Ch
From Moab
Feb 16, 2014
30 seconds over potash, first time ever climbing a real rock.

It WAS actually a cheap one. probably 30$ brand new after some discount (maybe 50%!)

Damaging the rock is not an option, seriously!

My last try would be hammering it and getting rid of it completely!


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By DannyUncanny
From Vancouver
Feb 16, 2014

Amir-Ch wrote:
Damaging the rock is not an option, seriously! My last try would be hammering it and getting rid of it completely!


DOES NOT COMPUTE


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By Robbie Mackley
From Tucson, AZ
Feb 16, 2014
Me and Holden at the "Matterhorn"

Try pulling on the springs, one at a time, with a LONG pair of surgical forceps. If that won't work, snip 'em and be glad you're not "That Guy" who would alter a route to save a (cheap) cam.
-Mackley
P.S. It's sandstone, "Just say NO, to H2o."


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By ze_dirtbag
From TBD
Feb 16, 2014
cottonmouth

i think climbing mag did an article in the back yellow pages about how to get stuck gear out.

i'm not super familiar with the xclimb cams, but no offense....they sound like springloaded turds, buys some slings to extend them and they won't walk into cracks as often.

if you can't get it out, just remember, you get what you pay for. if you buy $35 cams to save on the front end, think about how many whips you'll take and how much time you'll spend fucking around with it. there are usually people getting rid of used metolius and bd cams on here for 30-50 bucks

good luck


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By DannyUncanny
From Vancouver
Feb 16, 2014

ze_dirtbag wrote:
if you can't get it out, just remember, you get what you pay for. if you buy $35 cams to save on the front end, think about how many whips you'll take and how much time you'll spend fucking around with it.


That doesn't sound like any dirtbag I've ever met. By far the most common welded cam I have come across is also the most expensive: OP Link Cam.


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By Garret Nuzzo-Jones
From Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 16, 2014
Cleaning up in Jenny Lake.

DannyUncanny wrote:
By far the most common welded cam I have come across is also the most expensive: OP Link Cam.

Welded isn't the word I'd use to describe the strung-out exploded look of a Link Cam that isn't ever going home.


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By Calvino
From Bellingham, WA
Feb 20, 2014
getting ready for the final roof series

So, Amir-Ch, did you get your gear back?


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By Amir-Ch
From Moab
Feb 20, 2014
30 seconds over potash, first time ever climbing a real rock.

Nope! It is still there! I only have weekends to go out! I will check it out on Saturday.


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By Aaron Livingston
From Moab, UT
Feb 20, 2014
Mother Trucker 11a Wall St.

if you have stoppers you can use 2 of them and put the looped end of the wires over your triggers. I found that this typically works better than a nut tool or other methods.


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By DannyUncanny
From Vancouver
Feb 20, 2014

Aaron Livingston wrote:
if you have stoppers you can use 2 of them and put the looped end of the wires over your triggers. I found that this typically works better than a nut tool or other methods.


that's only for an out of reach cam


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